RED LIGHT CAMERAS
If you haven't
already done so, please read the Bakersfield
section on the Camera Towns page.
City of Bakersfield
Samples of Fake and Real Tickets
Bakersfield Documents Page, Set # 15
July 23, 2005
Fake / Snitch Ticket
(If you haven't already done so,
please read the Fake Ticket section on the Your Ticket
Here is a sample Snitch Ticket, from the City's website* where their innocent-sounding explanation is:
"If more information is needed to process
the original citation a Traffic
Violation Notice is sent to the registered owner, who
then completes the information and mails the form back
to Redflex Traffic Systems who processes the new
I have modified the Notice (Snitch
Ticket!) slightly, by adding a motorist's name.
Please note that while
this Snitch Ticket calls itself a "Notice to Appear"
(look in the fine print of the so-called
"Certificate of Mailing" at the bottom of the front
page), that does not convert it into a real
ticket. A real ticket must contain a Notice to
Appear section, printed in the official
Please also note that beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the front and back of every California town's Snitch Tickets is supposed to carry the heading, "Courtesy Notice - This is Not a Ticket," and the format is supposed to be like the example shown in the Snitch Ticket section near the top of the Your Ticket page.
Front of Fake/Snitch Ticket:
Back of Fake/Snitch Ticket:
*To find this on the PD's
website, type in www . b p d i n s i d e r
. u s , click on "View Previous Issues,"
click on the July/August 2005 issue, click
on "Questions & Answers," click on
"How do red light cameras work?" and click
on "Traffic Violation Notice."
Here is the City's example of a real ticket, also from their website where they called it a "citation." This form for a real ticket says "NOTICE TO APPEAR," tells you to "respond to the court," and gives the name and address of that court - things you will not find on a Fake Ticket.
Front of real ticket (with highlighting added):
Back of real ticket: