Crazy radar, do you still have to pay the fine? The answer with Maître Jean-Baptiste Le Dall, motor vehicle lawyer
If the speed recorded by an automatic speed camera is very precise, some turrets can start flashing all motorists who pass in front of them, for several hours, until a maintenance intervention has been carried out or until you realize that there is there is an error.
Many are the testimonies of motorists surprised to be flashed at 60 or 70 km / h while the limit was 80 or more.
How to react if this happens to you?
“First, you have to clarify one thing. It is not because you have been flashed that you will systematically receive a notice of violation in your mailbox. Sometimes speed cameras carry out tests, adjustments and flash during this time passing cars.
In the event of a malfunction, the authorities can also identify the problem before sending the tickets. But if you’ve been flashed by mistake, beware. While waiting to receive or not this notice of violation, try to cover yourself, ”says Maître Le Dall.
On gathering evidence
“Cases of crazy speed cameras, or people being flashed by mistake are very often found on social networks or in the regional daily press. In the days following the flash, go hunting for testimonials. You are certainly not an isolated case.
Other people were certainly flashed by mistake on the same day at the same time. Keep these testimonials, articles, press clippings in a safe place”. adds Maître Le Dall.
What should I do if I receive the notice of violation?
“The most thoughtful mistake is to pay the fine when it arrives in your letterbox. People are afraid that they will not benefit from the reduced rate of the fixed fine and pay the fine. favors over benefiting from a fifteen days to pay, which increases to one month on the internet.
So don’t panic! And above all, we are not going to pay this fine! But we will have to scrupulously follow the stages of dispute ”. warns our lawyer Maître Le Dall.
“It is not because you are 200 to have been flashed that day by mistake that you should not dispute. It is absolutely necessary to go through this essential step. To challenge, you have two options:
-By Internet on the site of the ANTAI: Within 45 days maximum, one goes on the site of the administration. It will be necessary to deposit a certain sum in order to be able to contest.
-By registered mail: Same 45-day period to file a request for exemption. There too, you will have to pay a sum in order to be able to contest. Obviously, if your request is accepted, this sum will be returned to you. You will need to send the original notice of violation. It is essential to make a copy of all the documents you send. We can also send any testimonials or press clippings mentioned.