What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I just received a citation of VC 21453A (Vehicle Stop/Limit Line) when I failed to come to a complete stop before turning right on a red light. The violation was captured/issued by a traffic camera. It should be noted that I was turning right into a parking area (train station) and there were not oncoming traffic.
The fine for this violation is $440! Is this excessive? I mean it not as if I ran through an intersection. I have seen fines for speeding tickets there are far less expensive and that's a much more dangerous violation with proven consequences. It's almost like traffic cameras are designed to increase revenue for the county instead of reducing traffic accidents.
Regardless, what are my options? Should I pleat guilty and hope the judge will be reasonable and reduce my fine? Should I hire a professional to fight the ticket? Should I represent myself?