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    Hello. I am wondering: I was told unless by my city's traffic division if a non officer records me running a red light, illegal turn, or speeding, then shows an officer, that I can't get in trouble. I'm not sure but IF I ran a red light, it looked like my vehicle was past the intersection.
    Also, I want to be as anonymous as possible, but I have called the traffic division and fortunately they said they no longer use red light cameras in my city. Now this is what I do worst case: I have taken pictures of red light camera signs required to be posted within 200 feet. I also take pictures of areas where there is a red light violation sign but no camera. If an officer didn't record me, how would these defenses hold in court?
    Also, if I don't hurt anyone, but run a red light, am I still able to be charged with reckless driving??

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    Default Re: California Laws

    If nobody saw you do it and you haven't received a citation in the mail then it doesn't make sense to agonize over it now.

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    If nobody saw you do it and you haven't received a citation in the mail then it doesn't make sense to agonize over it now.
    Posting History over various site is illuminating.

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    I was told unless by my city's traffic division if a non officer records me running a red light, illegal turn, or speeding, then shows an officer, that I can't get in trouble.
    What does "my city's traffic division" mean? Unless you're talking about an officer employed by your city's police department, I wouldn't expect this statement to be reliable.


    Quote Quoting SDLivin
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    I'm not sure but IF I ran a red light, it looked like my vehicle was past the intersection.
    Huh?


    Quote Quoting SDLivin
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    I have called the traffic division and fortunately they said they no longer use red light cameras in my city. Now this is what I do worst case: I have taken pictures of red light camera signs required to be posted within 200 feet. I also take pictures of areas where there is a red light violation sign but no camera. If an officer didn't record me, how would these defenses hold in court?
    Again, huh?


    Quote Quoting SDLivin
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    if I don't hurt anyone, but run a red light, am I still able to be charged with reckless driving?
    Running a red light will typically get you charged with exactly that (i.e., VC 21453(a)). It will rarely result in a reckless driving charge.

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    Whoever "recorded you" would have to show up in court as a witness. Worst case, they will have an electronic recording of the car running a red light, but no definitive proof who was driving. Plus, in California, prosecutors almost never handle traffic infractions; thus there will be no impetus for this to ever get into court. So, don't admit anything to anyone... then, forget it about it all and enjoy your life.

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