GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla.-- Red-light runners have a new option instead of going to court.
With the flash of light, a local driver got a ticket for running the red light. Carly Roberts got one, too. She didn't fight it and just paid the $158 fine.
"They told me I didn't make the stop, and the only choice I had was to pay the ticket," said Roberts.
But not everyone who gets a ticket just forks over the money. A new change in the state law says you don't even have to pay an attorney to take it to court either. You can fight it yourself.
"A judge can add on whatever cost he wants," said J. J. Faro with the Green Cove Springs Police Department.
Faro looked through video of local red red-light camera runners. He has seen runners, accidents and some close calls. Now this kind of evidence can be presented before a civil magistrate. We did some checking and found out very few people who fought tickets this way have actually won since the law changed in July.
"It's all up to the judge and depends on the evidence," said Faro.
Eight people fought it last month in Green Cove Springs. There were no dismissals. In Orange Park, only three out of the nearly two dozen people had the tickets dismissed. In addition to the $158 ticket, a judge can also charge someone up to $250 in court fees.
On Wednesday a special magistrate in Green Cove Springs will hear people make their cases to get red-light camera tickets dismissed.
If you get pulled over by police for running a red light at a non-red-light camera intersection, that ticket will cost you $262 and four points on your license.