Red light cam tickets woman, but it wasn't her car

Seven On Your Side
March 18, 2011 8:29:54 PM PDT
"I think it's pretty clear cut, to see that there was an error made," said Allison Kast, an alleged red light violator.

At a glance, the license plate on the summons and the one on her car appear identical, but a closer look reveals the actual plate is E-T-C, the red light violator E-T-L.

"My license plate clearly says E-T-C and I thought this was cut and dried and they would look at this and say they made a mistake," Kast said.

No such luck. Allison Kast was found guilty, despite sending in photos of her car and license plate to dispute the ticket.

"This is my plane ticket, showing that I was actually in Orlando when they said I was in the Bronx running this red light," Kast explained.

The Long Island executive assistant has never been near Allerton Avenue where the picture was snapped.

She appealed the decision, and re-sent the evidence, but was found guilty again.

"I lost basically saying I was unpersuasive," Kast said.

She drives a black SUV, the car running the light is a Burgundy Sedan.

Allison didn't understand how much more persuasive her proof could be.

"They don't even pay attention. It's guilty, take the money and that's it," Kast said.

One-million motorists paid $55.4 million for running red lights in New York City last year, but Allison refused to fork over her 75 bucks and instead called us.

"I didn't know what else to do," Kast said.

We asked the Department of Finance to take another look.

A spokesperson did and admitted with the evidence presented they should have caught the clerical mistake when it was challenged before a judge the first time, 6 months ago.

Within days of our call, Allison got a notice dropping the charge and releasing her from liability.

"I was hoping that you Channel 7 would be able to help me get out of this mess and you did and that's just fantastic news, just for somebody to actually look at the paperwork and realize," Kast said.

If Eyewitness News hadn't gotten involved, the next step for Allison would've been a third appeal, but she would've had to plead guilty and pay the fine, a lot of motorists don't think it's fair to have to enter a guilty plea before they even get in front of a judge.