Is there a loophole in the Automated Traffic Safety Camera Law in Washington State?
Per RCW 46.63.170 Section (1)(d):
"Automated traffic safety cameras may only take pictures of the vehicle and vehicle license plate and only while an infraction is occurring. The picture must not reveal the face of the driver or of passengers in the vehicle. The primary purpose of camera placement is to take pictures of the vehicle and vehicle license plate when an infraction is occurring..."
Per RCW 46.63.170 Section (1)(f):
"The registered owner of a vehicle is responsible for an infraction under RCW 46.63.030(1)(d) unless the registered owner overcomes the presumption in RCW 46.63.075, or, in the case of a rental car business, satisfies the conditions under subsection (3) of this section..."
Per RCW 46.63.075 Section (2):
"This presumption may be overcome only if the registered owner states, under oath, in a written statement to the court or in testimony before the court that the vehicle involved was, at the time, stolen or in the the care, custody, or control of some person other than the registered owner"
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So, you want to trade a traffic infraction for a felony? A camera ticket in WA is just a rather expensive parking ticket. Just paying the camera ticket should have no further financial consequence as the camera ticket is not reported in the information that is available to insurance companies.
On another hand, perjury is a felony for which the convict is sent to prison, ordered to pay fines, and sentenced to other conditions. If the convict is not a US citizen, the convict likely is deportable because of the conviction. The convict likely will also have future problems with being hired in jobs that require a person to be trustworthy.
Most persons nowadays have "smart" phones on them most of the day. Smart phones essentially are tracking devices (because the phone system needs to know where a phone is physically in the system). Besides the phone, there are many other ways for an investigator to determine where most persons are during the day.
There may be many ways to get out of a traffic ticket. Lying about who is driving is probably not one of the good ways.