Like Getting Al Capone for Tax Evasion

In my ongoing crusade against red-light cameras (perhaps an odd choice for a crusade, as I personally have yet to be entrapped by one), it would appear that I’ve completely missed a pretty significant development.

Apparently, as a recent state study pointed out, in Virginia a citation is invalid unless it is hand-delivered.

In other words, you are not legally required to appear in court — or, frankly, to even acknowledge an alleged infraction — if your summons is issued by mail. Which all red-light tickets are. Who knew?

I’d much rather win the battle on Constitutional grounds (just how are you supposed to exercise your right to confront your accuser?) or safety grounds (given that red-light cameras actually increase accidents and injuries), but I’ll happily take what I can get.


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