Picture this: You are driving down the street, your favorite song is on the radio and you’ve caught the attractive girl to your left staring at least two and a half times. “Nothing can bring me down,” you naively think to yourself as you continue to fly through intersection after intersection, almost forgetting that your brake pedal even exists. You see a yellow light ahead, but decide to keep driving through the intersection. Just as you reach the intersection, the light turns red. Then, suddenly, you see a bright flash from a street camera above and your perfect day is over faster than you can say, “But it was still yellow!”
If you are a Californian and have experienced a similar situation to the one discussed above, you are not alone. Many unfortunate individuals who have been snapped running a red light and ordered to pay a fine upwards of $500 have attempted to appeal their citation. Depending on the city in which you were photographed, you may or may not be exempt from paying this hefty fine.
People v. Khaled