I was driving a loaner car from my dealership service center and got a ticket going 26 mph on a major road. I didn't realize it was a. a school zone, b. hours for school zone. Most of the signs in Seattle just say 20 mph when children are present. needless to say, none were there.
I can choose to have the service center pay the ticket (and then pay them back) or I can have them refer the police to me and I can fight it. What do you recommend? It is about $230.
My experience is that if the registered owner of the car files a Declaration, under oath, that they were not operating the vehicle at the time of the ticket the matter will be dismissed. The statute does not require that they say who the person was who was operating the vehicle. For my clients I just prepare the Declaration and send it to the court, along with a general denial and a request for a contested hearing if required. I ask the Clerk to let me know. I have yet to have a client have to go to court and the court has never asked me to identify who was driving. The ticket is just dismissed.
The answer may be different in King County or the City of Seattle, depending on who issued the ticket but I sort of doubt it.
As to whether or not you just pay the ticket for them that is up to them and you but they need to know that it may affect their insurance as it is a traffic ticket that goes on their insurance history.
It really is up to you and how much effort you wish to put into the case to fight the camera ticket. If they refer the police to you then they would fill out the form and you would eventually get a ticket in the mail. Camera tickets DO NOT go on your driving record, they are treated like a parking ticket and on most of the forms it indicates that in bold red lettering.
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