Why Won’t the Police Issue a Ticket to the At-Fault Driver?

My car was hit at a local intersection.  The guy that hit me ran the red light – and admitted that he did so – but he police officer didn’t even give him a ticket!  Why not?  I have called the officer four times to ask why but she won’t return my call.

Police officers have discretion about when they write a ticket, and sometimes they simply choose not to do so.  I must confess that I don’t always understand why tickets are issued in some cases and not in others,but the fact of the matter is that police officers do not issue tickets in many automobile wreck cases when they would have the perfect right to do so.

The fact that no ticket was written will almost certainly not hurt your case, especially if the police report indicates that the other driver admitted fault.   A statement by a police officer in a police report that the other driver admitted fault will carry a lot of weight with his insurance company as it decides whether or not to promptly resolve the claim. 

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