I have received a court summons for allegedly 'going through a red light', which the officer who pulled me over and who has submitted his witness statement says had been red for 'two or three seconds' before I went through it.
That is completely inaccurate, as the light turned yellow just before I went through it, and it was too late to stop safely. I did not go through a red light, and I did not accept the penalty notice, choosing instead to receive the summons and defend myself in court.
I have now received the summons and am trying to fill it out and return it. I am just trying to get my head around some of the implications.
I am definitely going to court. Although it may have been 'easier' in the long run to accept the fine and points, I refuse to be bullied into accepting a crime I didn't commit.
I am trying to ascertain whether or not I should be making the officer come to court as a witness or not? It gives me the option on the summons, but I don't know if it is necessary?
At the end of the day there are no witnesses or evidence other than myself and the officer who alleges the offence. As far as I can tell the best I can do is outline my professional character, draw attention to my stellar driving profile (20,000 miles in three years without as much as a parking ticket), and highlight that the officer is mistaken and has no witnesses to support his mistaken opinion (for example, I believe a speeding offence would require two officers to witness and corroborate each other?)
I suppose my question here is, as I am definitely not pleading guilty, do I bring the officer to court as a witness or can I simply argue against his 'witness statement' without him present, and how on earth do you defend yourself when it is one man's word against the other? Surely the burden of proof is on them?
Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I have 3 points currently for a speeding offence in December 2008.Thanks for your assistance
Your road traffic offence question: I have three points only on my licence, but have received a 'intention to prosecute' notice from the police, saying they have photographic evidence. I go through this particular set of lights at least once a day Monday to Friday and generally twice on Saturdays. I don't remember being flashed. I have been offered a fixed penalty penalty + 3 points, or a court case. There is no form to make representations to a court. Am I wasting my time trying to find a way off this?
I turned left at a crossroads with traffic lights that had a green arrow shaped green light and a round blue sign with a white arrow in (both straight) which as I now know means straight on only. So I turned left and 2 policemen saw on there mountain bikes.
This is apparently offence 169 and comes with a Â£60 fine and 3 points! Seem extremely harsh.
Therefore my question is; is this an endorsable offence?
Ive read online that failure to comply with a traffic or police sign is non-endorsable.
Your road traffic offence question: Hi, the front end of my vehicle poked out across the stop line and activated the camera. I had only owned the car 3 weeks. According to the NIP I was moving at 16mph. I felt the vehicle didnt stop correctly so I took it to a garage and they replaced all pads and discs as they inspected it and found it was far below a safe/MOT passable level.
I have no points currently and have been driving 10 years. I would like to avoid points as I'm a x and points would hinder my career progression as I have been waiting 2 years for an opportunity to undertake a specialist course.
Do I have any defence in this circumstance?
As I approached the junction, there were sudden signs ahead indicating no right turn. I had already decided to turn right and it was confusing and dangerous for me to suddenly decide to go straight ahead as I should have done.
I soon found out cabbie from that a camera had been enforced and I would definitely get a a ticket.
Exactly a week later, going through the same route a second time, I noticed mammoth notices of road closure ahead including one of a camera enforcement.
Should there legally have been a notice to the public about a camera in action?