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My son (on a learners permit) was driving with my husband.

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My son (on a learners permit) was driving with my husband. The light turned yellow right before he crossed the line. My husband told him to go. The light turned red as they were 3/4 of the way through the intersection. He was pulled over and given a ticket for disobeying a traffic signal. My husband went back and timed the light and it was under 3 second yellow light and state law for illinois is a minimum of 4.3 seconds. Can we fight this?

Dear swt,


Yes, it sounds like you can fight this on your facts! However, your husband's testimony regarding the length of time of the yellow light may not be so effective, as he may 'have reason' to lie and/or not be experienced in such measurements (I'm only presenting to you what the prosecution's position may be). Therefore, at the very least, video tape the timing of the light so you can present it in court AND, better yet, have a unbiased professional do so who can then testify that he timed it himself and then also video recorded it, via the tape, et. et.


Many years ago my father fought a speeding ticket based on the state law at the time that the amount of distance between houses or buildinging on X road dictated how low the speed limit could go. He Showed that the speed limit posted was not legal...


It will take time on the part of your husband, but they have probably been making tons of money on improper tickets for ages with this ill-timed light. Good luck!




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Customer: replied 7 years ago.



Thank you for the quick response. You not only answered my question but you also put a personal spin on it. This led me to know you were talking to me and not just giving me a standard response. I appreciate that and if I ever need a touch of legal advice again I will be sure to seek out YOU!!


Thank you,


Thank you Swt! That is very kind of you and I appreciate your kind words and generosity.



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