A new court ruling, citations from red lights cameras are illegal
I posted on this several times, two at the bottom of this post.
Florida Governor—“Do Not Outsource!”
Wesh 2 Cara Moore
American Traffic Solutions is an out-of-state company that picks and chooses who and when to send information back to Florida.
Third-party red-light camera system is unlawful, judge rules
UPDATED 11:27 PM EST Feb 19, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. —A circuit court judge called Orlando’s current red-light camera ticketing process “unlawful” in a ruling obtained by WESH 2 News.
A local attorney, Kelli Hastings, filed a lawsuit to appeal a red-light ticket she received in 2014.
“Like a lot people, citizens in Orlando, it just feels like there’s something inherently wrong about these cameras and the more I look into it, the more I’m convinced that there is something wrong with it,” Hastings told WESH.
In her lawsuit, Hastings argued that the current practice is not lawful, since a third-party, American Traffic Solutions, reviews the red-light cameras’ recordings of presumed infractions first, and then decides which recordings to send off to the City of Orlando’s, traffic infraction enforcement office.
The circuit court agreed, calling the practice a misuse of power and an infraction of Florida law.
Orlando officials disagree with the ruling. In a statement, the city maintains the ruling only applies to this case, saying, “It just dismisses this individual’s specific violation.”
WESH 2 legal analyst Richard Hornsby says that interpretation stops short of the ruling’s real effect.
“Going forward, any red-light tickets issued recently are subject to dismissal,” Hornsby said.
“The city of Orlando is going to have to go back to the drawing board to determine how they issue these red-light camera tickets,” he said. “Most importantly, they’ll have to have someone employed by the city of Orlando police department reviewing these red-light infractions and issuing these infractions from the very beginning.”
Hastings says she hopes this issue will soon be decided by Florida’s highest court — that way, a blanket decision can make the law clear for municipalities.
“I wanted it to have far-reaching consequences,” Hastings said. “I’ve been telling people for a long time not to pay them and to try to argue this police power issue. “Now we have a lot of fuel for that argument now that we’ve got this precedent.”
A city spokesperson said officials are reviewing legal options in regard to an appeal in this case.
“Hang on, That’s not legal.”
January 22nd 2016
“We need to keep the red-light cameras.”