Fell and Masonic is a trap for motorists
The camera flashes before the car enters the intersection
Maria sends this message about getting a ticket at Fell and Masonic:
I had my court date, and my ticket was dismissed since I did not run the red the light. There were about seven people there contesting tickets received at this intersection.
The camera was put up at the end of December, and warning tickets were sent out for the first 30 days. Of the seven people who contested the ticket, the two (including me) who were sent a ticket without actually running the light were found not guilty. However the other five had mixed results.
The first two people were found guilty and had to pay the amount in full. Neither of them described the confusing intersection. Then the next two people had not actually run the red light, and they were found not guilty. By this point the judge was getting suspicious of the intersection, and the officer confirmed that all the red light violations for the day were for the same intersection.
Then another person went up who had actually run the light, but he explained to the judge that the light is confusing. He showed her pictures and pointed out that seven people were in the court on that day contesting the ticket. He explained his case well, and the judge agreed that the intersection was confusing and she found him not guilty.
I left after that point, but I can only assume that the other person was found not guilty as well.
I hope that you choose to contest this ticket as it is confusing and the camera set-up at a confusing intersection really seems like a trap for drivers. The intersection is also unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists as it gives them a false sense of security.
Channel 7 recently did a story on the intersection.