Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Broward judges toss 24,000 red-light camera tickets totaling millions

Two Broward County traffic judges dismissed 24,000 pending red-light camera ticket cases Monday, ruling that the program violates Florida law.

Fines from those citations, which came from nearly every city in the county, would have amounted to more than $6.3 million, with each ticket at $264.

"We made the argument that the program was an improper delegation of police power because the videos were being sent out of state for employees of American Traffic Solutions to do the screening," said Ted Hollander, an attorney with Ticket Clinic. He said the firm has challenged the program for more than four years on behalf of clients.

American Traffic Solutions, a vendor based in Arizona, reviewed videos captured by traffic cameras in Broward County before forwarding them to local police for ticketing. State law mandates that only law enforcement can issue violations.

"You can't enforce one law and break another, which is what these cities have been doing for the better part of four years now." Hollander said.

Other cities around South Florida have ended red-light camera programs. Boca Raton stopped its program last month, joining other municipalities like Palm Beach County, Margate, Hallandale Beach and Coral Springs, which have put a stop to red-light camera tickets.

Fort Lauderdale suspended its red light traffic program on March 6, after a Broward traffic court ruled that it violated the statue. The City Commission is expected to discuss the matter at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Jack Seiler declined to comment on the case, saying he didn't have enough information on the latest ruling.

Full article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-red-light-cameras-court-20150316-story.html