Drivers who fight tickets mostly succeed
Almost 60 percent of drivers who went to court last year after being ticketed for moving violations in the District had their cases dismissed, according to an analysis by the American Automobile Association.
The AAA found that an even higher percentage -- almost 8 in 10 -- of contested photo red light citations were dismissed. Each year, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles collects payments for more than 2.4 million tickets, the AAA data showed.
"Although only a fraction of ticketed motorists even bother to contest or appeal their tickets, it stands to reason that those who decide to appear before a District ticket adjudicator or to contest the ticket in writing have a far better chance of winning their cases than those who don't," said AAA spokesman John B. Townsend II.
-- Ashley Halsey III
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