Sacramento man takes traffic ticket to federal court

When Sacramento native Howard Herships was caught on a red light camera, he contested. Fighting this ticket has cost Herships his license and a penalty of $1,665, but he won't give up easy (March 15, 2017).

When Sacramento native Howard Herships was caught on a red light camera he contested. 

According to Capitol Weekly, the 73-year-old's ticket was $200 for turning right when the camera snapped his photo. Fighting this ticket has cost Herships his license and a penalty of $1,665.  

Instead of giving up -- paying the ticket and getting his license back -- Herships is taking the case to federal court.

He told Capitol Weekly it was a matter of protest. Herships said he disagrees with the way the judicial system pays judges and employees from guilty verdicts.

We met up with Mr. Herships in Rocklin, and he wanted to tell us what happened at the red light in 2014.  

"They claim I have to stop at least five seconds before I make the turn," he explained.

We asked him how long he stopped, and he said it was hard to tell. He did contest the ticket. 

"Well I appealed the decision and subpoenaed the company Redfleck that runs the red camera lights," Herships said.

It was a series of unfortunate events following the appeal and now the ticket is too expensive for this veteran on a fixed income. But Herships is going to fight it to make a statement and protest the current system. 

"Yes, if the fines and all went to the state government general fund then it would be a different story," he said. 

We asked officials from the State Judicial Counsel about Herships claim. They said court employees and judges salaries do not come form fines or fees. They said only a portion of the money goes to general court operations but does not go to salaries. 

Despite the information from the Judicial Counsel, Herships said he will be representing himself confidently in federal court. 

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