“How far do I want to take this?” It’s a question many people ask themselves when they decide to fight a traffic ticket. Most people stop when a judge finds them guilty of the infraction. Not so for a man in California. A 73-year-old man has taken his red-light ticket all the way to federal court.
Just fighting the $200 ticket has seen the man rack up over $1,500 in fines and penalties. He’s also lost his driver’s license, but he’s not giving up. The man has taken his ticket so far because he disagrees with the way that judges and other employees make money off of guilty verdicts.
The ticket was the result of an alleged infraction in 2014 when the man did not stop for a full five seconds before making a turn. The man appealed the charge and subpoenaed the company that runs the cameras. Now that the case has gone so far, the man doesn’t have the money to pay all the fines. Even though he’s on a fixed income, he’s continuing on as a form of protest.
The man said that he would feel differently if the money from guilty verdicts went into some sort of general fund. The State Judicial Counsel says that money from guilty verdicts does not go to salaries. They say that only a small portion of the monies collected go into a general court operations fund. Despite this information, the man will still be pressing ahead with his case.
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