Fighting Your Ticket

Ticketing unsafe drivers makes sense. After all, speeding, running stop signs, and making illegal U-turns can jeopardize the safety of everyone on the road. Issuing tickets for these activities is one means of deterring bad driving behavior. But as you’re probably aware, the process of citing traffic violators is not foolproof, and tickets are sometimes issued for the wrong reasons. A police officer may make a mistake, a camera may malfunction, or a local government—in its zeal to generate revenue—may encourage overticketing. In this section we’ll discuss the various ways in which driving tickets can be challenged and we’ll explain some of the procedures for doing so.