Who is exempt from red light camera tickets?

Red light camera by takomabibelot from Flickr

Not all drivers will receive tickets for running red lights at intersections where there are red light cameras. But, some drivers will receive disciplinary action resulting from running that red light – NewsChannel 3’s Laurie Simmons explains:

Red light tickets are not issued to emergency vehicles, including fire trucks; ambulances; and police vehicles with sirens on.

Funeral processions with police escorts are also exempt from red light camera tickets. Others who are exempt include drivers who have out-of-country license plates; and those who have temporary license plates.

City and government vehicles are also exempt. That includes VDOT or DMV vehicles. (This includes state and local vehicles.) However — an amendment was made to the state code a few years ago, stating that a city, state, or county government or governmental agency can get the red light camera information from the vehicle which ran the red light — and use that information to possibly take disciplinary action against that employee driver.

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2 comments

  • steve

    Why should temp tags be exempt? Likewise, I think that non-emergency gobernment vehicle drivers should be subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

  • Silence Dogood

    I agree, Steve. And why should foreign drivers be excepted as well? A red light means the same thing in most countries I have visited. If one plans to drive while visiting a foreign country, one should be expected to brush up on their traffic laws before doing so.

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