*Are you one of those people who knew it would only be a matter of time before something like this happened? By now, you realize that traffic tickets arrive by mail, right? It is no longer necessary for a traffic cop to approach you in your car and actually hand you a ticket.
I guess they got tired of being debated or worse, cursed out. No one can blame them for that.
But this presents a bigger issue for the driver, who never realizes he or she got a ticket that day, until you receive it in the mail weeks later. Now you’ve got to recall where you were, what you were doing, blah, blah, blah.
But wait. What if you weren’t even there? How do you fight a ticket you got that was taken from a camera that shows you driving a car you don’t even own, have never driven, from a city you’ve never visited?
Andrew Rainey of Orlando, Florida is having one helluva time doing exactly that.
The 20-year old, Rainey, has spent weeks fighting the red light camera ticket he received from Miami-Dade County along with a picture of what the court claims is his car committing the violation.
When he first got the ticket WFTV Channel 9 reports the student was like, “’Wait I’ve never been to Miami. What is this?’”
And when he started looking at it he was like, ‘Oh, this is not good.’”
What wasn’t good was Rainey’s realization that this was not even his car.
“Immediately I noticed the roundness of the car. I was like, my car’s a truck. It has a square back,” said Rainey.
Now he’ll have to convince them of that!
But even with the evidence in hand, Rainey called the courts to get the ticket dismissed, thinking it would be a simple matter to clear up, only to learn it wasn’t.
“They told me I’d have to take it up with the Miami-Dade court,” Rainey recalls; meaning he would have to travel to Miami to appeal the ticket in person.
While the busy student with two jobs can’t afford to take the trip, he is now trying to make it to Miami because if it isn’t resolved Rainey says, “it’s pending on suspending my license.”
WFTV reporter Renee Stoll received no response when attempting to contact the Miami-Dade court.
Thanks to Yahoo News for excerpts in this article. Learn more and watch the video report at Yahoo News.com