If you have received a red light ticket in the mail, photographs of you (or someone else in a car registered to you) running a red light should be included. Red light camera tickets are sent to the registered owner of a vehicle.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHARGE
Section 144(18) of the Highway Traffic Act reads as follows:
Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a circular red indication and facing the indication shall stop his or her vehicle and shall not proceed until a green indication is shown.
In order to convict you, the prosecution will have to prove, under S.144(18) of the Highway Traffic Act:
- You were operating a motor vehicle.
- The light was in fact red (showing a circular red indication).
- You were facing the direction of the light.
- You did not stop your vehicle.
- You proceeded while the light was red.
If you are being charged with running a red light at an intersection, then section 144(15) of the Highway Traffic Act also applies:
Section 144(15) demands that if you are driver who is directed by a traffic control signal at an intersection to stop, you must stop:
(a) at the sign or roadway marking indicating where the stop is to be made;
(b) if there is no sign or marking, immediately before entering the nearest crosswalk; or
(c) if there is no sign, marking or crosswalk, immediately before entering the intersection.
An intersection is defined under section 144(1) of the Highway Traffic Act as: "Any portion of a highway indicated by markings on the surface of the roadway as a crossing place for pedestrians".
Traffic control signal and traffic control signal system are both defined under section 133 of the Highway Traffic Act:
‘Traffic control signal’ means the part of a traffic control signal system that consists of one set of no less than three coloured lenses - red, amber and green - mounted on a frame and commonly referred to as a signal head;
‘Traffic control signal system’ means all of the signal equipment making up the installation at any location.