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.