Do I have to pay a "ticket" from violationinfo.com ?
I waited close to 30 seconds on a bus that was stopped and appeared to be parking. After seeing no movement from the bus, myself and two other cars decided to proceed. When we got near the bus the driver turned on the stop arm but my only option was to stop and potentially cause an accident or proceed with caution. This is nothing like the tickets from police officers and is from a private company. On the back of the "ticket" it says that this is not a moving violation, will not be a part of your driving record, no points shall be assessed and it will not affect your insurance. It also says that "failure to pay the civil monetary liability or contest liability in a timely manner shall waive any right to contest liability and you shall be liable for a civil monetary liability of $300."
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I believe this is a scam. What I would do is call the local traffic courts in the area where this "offense" took place to determine whether or not you actually have a pending case against you.
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Several Georgia cities and counties have allowed a private Arizona company to install cameras on the side of school busses and mail "tickets" to drivers. In exchange, the cities and counties get a small share of the revenue. As best I can tell, this company is no more a Georgia law enforcement agency than is your local Wal-Mart. It is offensive that our elected leaders would conspire to engage in such as scam as this against the citizens who elected them, but that appears to be the case. If I got one of those "tickets", I'd throw it in the trash.
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I agree with Mr. Steakley that its probably nothing you need to worry about. However, I also agree with Mr. Partain, and would recommend that you make sure that there isnt a pending case against you. Failing to appear in court can cause your license to be suspended. IF there IS a case against you, depending on what evidence they actually have, this is probably a very winnable case. They have to be able to prove that it was YOU driving the car, and NOT someone else driving your car.
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Many local municipalities use this service to enforce school bus stop sign violations. If you do not pay they forward the ticket to a collection agency. The charge does not go on your record or impact your license. They also cannot issue a warrant if you do not respond to it.
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