How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)


Last year I received a letter in the mail from the Washington D.C DMV claiming I was speeding. As you can see it was one of those Photo-Enforced Speeding Tickets and they had multiple pictures of my CAR. I knew better to just submit and pay a fine like the majority of people do in this country, unfortunately. I am in the habit of not taking “plea deals”, and I am always in the habit of fighting my tickets and NOT pre-paying them so I don’t have to go to court – like many folks do. I just about always record my interactions with the police, whether it’s a traffic stop or not, that way it keeps the entire situation objective, transparent and I can hold the public servant accountable if he/ she violates my rights.

So I got this letter in the mail:

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I can’t recall why I got the next letter, but I think it was because I didn’t respond promptly enough.

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As you can see these criminals issuing these tickets are hoping that the people will just get scared and pay, or not want to waste their time with it. However the government has to provide evidence that it was actually ME driving, it’s their burden of proof. Just because they got pictures of my car doesn’t mean I was driving. So, in response to the first letter, I mailed them back the following letter (copied and pasted):

To Whom it May Concern,

I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law in the District of Columbia on 04/21/2012. As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings. As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 4th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also see find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.

If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.


Nathan Cox
United States Army Veteran

After sending that letter I received this post card:

MANY months later (much more than 6 months), just the other day I get this post card showing that the ticket is DISMISSED.
Just the other day (A year later) I get this post card:


So PLEASE, NEVER EVER opt to pay these Photo Enforced Speeding AND Red Light tickets! You do NOT have to incriminate yourself OR implicate anyone else. It’s the government’s responsibility to provide evidence that YOU were the person driving, don’t help them in their “investigation”. ALWAYS go to court and fight your tickets, if there is NO VICTIM.. there is NO CRIME!


  1. lolwut says:

    Congratulations, you found a way to cheat the system and those “evil public servants” who are always out to get you… At no point do you deny speeding or being in the car. Instead of paying the fine, which you are actually due seeing that you violated a law set up to ensure public safety, you had to start quoting amendment rights and go on some ridiculous personal vendetta against the evil government. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a tea party automaton. That’s the whole problem with you baggers, instead of trying to fix things, you just think you have some right (which you usually never do, you just misquote and misinterpret laws and the Constitution) to just disregard any form of government. My guess is rather than deal with your BS, they just dismissed the fine, and could have collected from you. You’re little inane ramblings about “not being able to face my accuser” and such, didn’t scare them, basically you got out of a ticket the same way women try to by crying. What’s even funnier, is that if they see this, you’ve basically just admitted to it all….

  2. Gordon A says:

    Well done. It is so good to know that there are some non sheeple among us once again. Thank you for your service to our country

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