Red Light! Smile!

by | Oct 16, 2017

 

While according to a report from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates the number of red light cameras has gone down in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case related to red light cameras that could change how municipalities in Florida monitor the use of them.

The case goes to the Supreme Court in February.

The question is whether the city of Aventura gave too much power to a private vendor that has the contract for red light camera monitoring in the city limits.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal sided with the city of Aventura and the contractor. The case before the 3rd District involved driver Luis Torres Jimenez, whom per the pictures were taken by the red light camera, made an illegal right-hand turn. As Jimenez fought the ticket in court, he argued the city had given “unfettered discretion” to the private vendor to review the images.

The use of red-light cameras has garnered a lot of attention and has caused controversy across the state. So much so, that Republican Florida House representative Bryan Avila (Miami and Hialeah) and Blaise Ingoglia (Hernando County) have filed House Bill 6001 for the 2018 session, which if passed, stops local governments from using the cameras.

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