Red Light Cameras?

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Kash's Comment
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Okay, so I live in Arizona. I drive through an intersection this morning, as soon as I cleared it I saw a flash from behind my trailer. There was no flash in front of the truck, just the back end. Now I'm worrying what I even did? Mostly worried about my job. How do they usually handle red light tickets at trucking companies?

Old School's Comment
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More than likely your trailer was still in the intersection as the light turned red. That will trigger the camera. They will review the photo and nothing will happen.

Rick S.'s Comment
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This is your livelihood we're talking about here.

In the case of cars - the citation is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. The same would be true for CMV's - it would be sent to the company that the trailer is registered to (since they don't typically get the front tag of the tractor) - and the company would track down who was dragging the trailer at the time of the incident.

Most jurisdictions require the position of the vehicle be show AT THE MOMENT the light turned red. If you are already past the stop bar at that moment - then you didn't "run the light".

This is difficult with TT's - as they don't stop on a dime, and (typically), leeway is given if they tractor is already past the "stop line".

One of the things taught in "Smith System" (which most companies teach), is "reading ahead" on the road. If you are seeing a green light, a 1/2 mile away, then chances are that light will be "stale" by the time you get to it. So you should be thinking about slowing down and preparing to stop.

If it turns out you were before the stop bar, when the light turned red - then you ran the light. The camera (also typically) notes how long the light was red, before it was blown.

GET A LAWYER. It can always be argued that, you were so close to the light at the time it turned, you were unable to bring 70'/80,000lbs of truck to a SAFE STOP.



Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards


Operating While Intoxicated

Unholychaos's Comment
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I'll add 1 quick thing. If you feel like you can't stop in time and have to run the red light, lay on the horn; try to alert people wanting to not wait the 2 seconds before advancing of your intentions.

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