Monday, June 30, 2008

apparently, you can just accuse people of running red lights willy nilly

New York City Department of Finance
Red Light Camera Monitoring Program

To Whom It May Concern:

I recently received a Notice of Judgment Enforcement, regarding a supposed violation on February 26 at 8:12 PM. This noticed stated that I had “failed to respond to previous notices.” However this notice, dated June, was the first notice I had received regarding this matter.

I would like to plead Not Guilty to this liability. According to the notice, I am being accused of running a red light on 2/26/2008 at Canal Street and 6th Ave. I happen to know that I was nowhere near that area on the date and time in question. On Tuesday February 26th I was at my biweekly therapist appointment in Williamsburg Brooklyn. This appointment took place from 7 pm to 8 pm. I have enclosed my invoice for the month of February 2008, listing that I was at my appointment at this time. After my appointment I returned home. Unfortunately, I do not have any means of proving my whereabouts for the entire evening of 2/26/08, but I can assure you that I at no time was on Canal Street.

I looked it up using Google Maps, and if I were to attempt to get to the intersection of Canal and 6th from Bedford Ave Brooklyn (where my appointment took place) it would take approximately 16 minutes. Now, that is without taking traffic conditions into consideration, and at that time traffic over the Williamsburg Bridge and crosstown on Canal Street would be notably congested. I do not see how I could possibly have left Williamsburg at 8 pm and made it to Canal Street by 8:12. Also, even though my appointment ended at 8 pm, I would have had to: pay for the services rendered, walk to my car, sit in my car for several minutes to let it warm up (my car is over 10 years old). There is no possible way for me to have gotten from Brooklyn to Canal & 6th in this 12 minute window period.

I would also like to state that I am the sole driver of this car, so there is no possibility that someone else was driving it on the night in question. I typically drive to my appointments, especially during winter, so the car would have been in my possession on 2/26.

I have received absolutely no evidence that I have committed any infraction, nor have I seen any proof that I was even remotely near the area that the supposed violation took place. I feel that I have provided sufficient evidence proving that I was not at the scene of the violation on 2/26/08 at 8:12 PM. I would greatly appreciate it if this matter were dropped.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Miss Dewey Decimal


*Bitch Cakes* said...

That's nuts! Was there a picture of the vehicle, or just a written letter? I can't wait to see how this plays out.

Miss Dewey Decimal said...

no! there's no picture! if there was a picture of me in my car singing showtunes and flagrantly running a red light, maybe they'd have a point. but alas, there is no proof. only the letter accusing me of a crime.