Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit
As experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit area, we see hundreds of tickets for running a stop sign or running a red light. This type of ticket is particularly common because it is a fast and easy way for police officers to fill their ticket quotas! In this article our experience lawyers explain the ins-and-outs of stop sign and red light tickets in Detroit.
How to Avoid Traffic Tickets for Red Lights & Stop Signs in Detroit
Stop signs and red traffic lights require a driver to come to a full stop at the “limit line” – which is the line painted on the street before the intersection. In cases where there is no limit line, a driver to come to a full stop at the entrance to the intersection or crossing.
A “full stop” requires a complete stopping of the motion of the car. A driver cannot just slow down substantially, check traffic, and keep going if it is clear. While a “rolling stop” such as this may indeed be safe, it is still illegal – and can get you a traffic ticket.
How to Avoid Traffic Tickets for Right Turn on Red in Detroit
Michigan law does allow drivers to make a turn on a red light if there is no sign prohibiting “right on red.” Similarly, Michigan allows left turns on red onto a one way street, coming from both a one-way or a two-way street. However, it must safe to do so under the circumstances. And you must still come to a “full stop” before making the turn.
In Michigan it is also legal to drive through a yellow light. However the vehicle must have entered the intersection – or passed the crosswalk or limit line – before the light turned red. If you enter the intersection too late you will receive a ticket. And, because judging this can be somewhat difficult or subjective, there is often the potential for a yellow light traffic ticket.
Penalties for Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit
In Detroit the fines for running a red light, are:
- Red Light, Yellow Light or Red Flasher: $130.00 ($170.00 after 14 days)
- Failure to Stop at Railroad Signal: $225.00 ($265.00 after 14 days)
- Failure to Stop at Stop Sign: $130.00 ($170.00 after 14 days)
In addition to the fines there are Three Points assessed on your driver’s license in Michigan for failing to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign, as well as for failing to stop at railroad crossing. And, keep in mind that three points on your driver’s license can result in exorbitant increases in your insurance rates.
Fighting Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit
Because running a red light or stop sign is very much a “he said / she said” type of situation, fighting a red light traffic ticket in Detroit on your own is usually pointless. If the officer who issued the ticket said you ran the red light or stop sign – and you say you didn’t – the magistrate is likely going to believe the officer and not you.
Best Traffic Ticket Attorneys in Detroit Area
However, an experienced Detroit traffic ticket attorney has a variety of ways that they can fight your red light ticket – getting it reduced or thrown out – and ensuring you do not end up with those expensive points on your record.
Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit know the law, know the cops, and know the prosecutors and judges. In most cases we can handle your traffic ticket, without you even having to appear in court.
In addition to being excellent negotiators, we have several defenses that we may be able to present in your case. We may be able to successfully challenge officer’s ability to accurately see you stop – based on his position. We may also be able to argue that local conditions made the stop light or stop sign un-viewable – for example being obscured by foliage or precipitation.
For newly installed stop signs we can sometimes argue a “recently installed” defense, where the judge finds you not guilty because you didn’t realize the stop sign had just been installed. We can also challenge failure to stop a limit line based on faded lines that may be unnoticeable.
Detroit Traffic Ticket Attorneys Can Help
Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit know the law and how to defend you. We will fight aggressively to “beat” or reduce your Detroit Red Light or Stop Sign ticket. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your Detroit traffic ticket, or any other driving infraction anywhere in Michigan.