No Red Light Cameras?

Proposed Florida House Bill 1325 would prohibit municipalities, such as Aventura, from garnering income by collecting money via red-light traffic tickets:

“Use of traffic infraction detectors or cameras by county or municipality prohibited.—Unless expressly authorized by general law, a county or municipality shall not use any type of traffic infraction detector or camera to enforce s.316.075(1)(c) or to otherwise regulate traffic through the issuance of a traffic citation or through the use of a local code enforcement process. The authority of a public body to use traffic infraction detectors or cameras to enforce traffic laws or to otherwise regulate traffic is expressly preempted to the state.”

The author of the the proposal, State Rep. Robert Schenck of Spring Hill, referred to the use of such cameras as “a hidden tax” and “a means to increase falling revenue under the guise of public safety.”

Red-light cameras in Aventura stopped

A Miami-Dade circuit judge ruled that Aventura cannot use traffic cameras to issue fines under state law, but the issue will likely remain in a legal limbo for now.

The cameras installed on traffic lights to fine red-light runners — which cities love and drivers hate — may be in legal jeopardy, after a precedent-setting ruling Monday by a Miami-Dade circuit judge.

Judge Jerald Bagley’s decision that Aventura cannot use the cameras to issue fines under current state law is a defeat for South Florida cities that are trying to promote safety — and raise money to shore up their budgets.

While Bagley’s oral ruling won’t resolve whether the camera programs are legal — Aventura is expected to appeal — it opens the door for future lawsuits and the possibility of cited drivers getting refunds.

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