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    Default Disregarding a Automatic Signal, State of Indiana 9-21-3-7

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Indiana
    This is my first ticket in about 7 years, previous was a speeding ticket when i turned 16.


    I ran a stop light in the middle of a busy intersection, due to road conditions, however i am not trying to contest my ticket.

    My ticket originally Stated "disregarding a autoamtic signal" I sent in the fee and paid it and everything.

    However, today i recieved a letter with a copy of the ticket, saying my court date. Also part of the ticket changed it originally didnt have the "State statute I.C. box checked followed by 9-21-3-7.

    Now, I have no idea if my ticket requires a court appearance. The officer didn't say that it did he just kept trying to get me to get it, deferred. However, I do not live anywhere near the city where I was driving so I could not be present to sign papers to deferr it.


    So does my ticket require a court appearance? Or is it a case by case evalutation, mind you as i've stated before, I havent had a ticket in 7 years, and only 1 warning since then about 2 years ago.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Disregarding a Automatic Signal, State of Indiana 9-21-3-7

    If either your ticket indicates that a court appearance is required, oryou receive a summons to appear in court, then you need to go to court. If the ticket indicates that you must take action on the ticket (i.e., pay it off) by a particular court date or appear in court, then that should be possible.

    A deferral is a good deal, as it protects your driving record (and insurance rates) and can reduce your fines. If you don't want to travel back to court, consider consulting a lawyer in the county where you were cited to see if you can get a deferral without personally appearing.
    Quote Quoting IC 9-21-3-7 - Signals exhibiting colored lights; requirements; explanation of colors
    (a) Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic control signals exhibiting different colored lights or colored lighted arrows successively, one (1) at a time or in combination, only the colors green, red, or yellow may be used, except for special pedestrian signals under IC 9-21-18.

    (b) The lights indicate and apply to drivers of vehicles and pedestrians as follows:
    [indent](1) Green indication means the following:
    (A) Vehicular traffic facing a circular green signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left, unless a sign at the place prohibits either turn.

    (B) Vehicular traffic, including vehicles turning right or left, shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent sidewalk at the time the signal is exhibited.

    (C) Vehicular traffic facing a green arrow signal, shown alone or in combination with another indication, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by the green arrow or other movement permitted by other indications shown at the same time.

    (D) Vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

    (E) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal, pedestrians facing a green signal, except when the sole green signal is a turn arrow, may proceed across the roadway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
    (2) Steady yellow indication means the following:
    (A) Vehicular traffic facing a steady circular yellow or yellow arrow signal is warned that the related green movement is being terminated and that a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter.

    (B) A pedestrian facing a steady circular yellow or yellow arrow signal, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal, is advised that there is insufficient time to cross the roadway before a red indication is shown, and a pedestrian may not start to cross the roadway at that time.
    (3) Steady red indication means the following:
    (A) Except as provided in clause (B), vehicular traffic facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. However, if there is no clearly marked stop line, vehicular traffic shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, vehicular traffic shall stop before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown.

    (B) Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn described in this subdivision, vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal, after coming to a complete stop, may cautiously enter the intersection to do the following:
    (i) Make a right turn.

    (ii) Make a left turn if turning from the left lane of a one-way street into another one-way street with the flow of traffic.
    Vehicular traffic making a turn described in this subdivision shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic using the intersection.

    (C) Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal pedestrians facing a steady circular red signal alone may not enter the roadway.
    (4) No indication or conflicting indications means the following:
    (A) Vehicular traffic facing an intersection having a signal that displays no indication or conflicting indications, where no other control is present, shall stop before entering the intersection.

    (B) After stopping, vehicular traffic may proceed with caution through the intersection and shall yield the right-of-way to traffic within the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard.
    (5) This section applies to traffic control signals located at a place other than an intersection. A stop required under this subdivision must be made at the signal, except when the signal is supplemented by a sign or pavement marking indicating where the stop must be made.
    Quote Quoting IC 9-21-3-11 - Violations; Class C infraction
    A person who violates section 7, 8, 9, or 10 of this chapter commits a Class C infraction.
    According to this site, a Class C infraction carries a maximum fine of $500 (plus local/court assessments)

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