by Juliette Fairley | MainStreet
NEW YORK—Privatized traffic law enforcement systems are spreading rapidly across the United States. As many as 700 local jurisdictions have entered into deals with for profit companies to install camera systems at intersections and along roadways that automatically detect violations of traffic laws, take photos of offending vehicles and identify license plates. Typically, tickets are delivered by mail to the registered owner of the vehicle. Traffic ticket expert Steve Miller encourages drivers to fight back.
“You can’t lose by contesting a ticket. The worst case scenario is winding up right back where you started,” said Miller who founded TicketBust.com.
The National Motorists Association estimates between 25 and 50 million traffic tickets are issued each year. Assuming an average ticket cost of $150, the total up front profit from tickets ranges from $3.75 to $7.5 billion dollars. In California alone, 18 million tickets were issued, more than in any other state and with less than 5% of drivers contesting.
Miller receives an estimated 10 calls a day from drivers seeking assistance with a ticket in collections. Below are his tips for getting a ticket dismissed before it gets that far: