Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Miami-Dade Judge Rules Red-Light Cameras Violate State Law

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jerald Bagley ruled that Aventura use of red-light cameras is in violation of state law.  An article in the Miami Herald states:
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a motorist who argued that only the state Legislature can pass laws regarding traffic violations. Cities have gotten around the lack of authorization by citing red light runners with a code violation, rather than a traffic ticket.
I personally experienced being cited for such a "code violation" after a short visit to Naples.  The SunSentinel stated:
Invoking opinions issued by the state attorney general in 1997 and 2005, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley said traffic laws are the purview of the state and that police officers should witness — and then issue tickets to — red-light runners.
Attorney General Opinion AGO 97-06, released on January 24, 1997 and titled "Traffic citations, use of unmanned cameras" can be found HERE.  Attorney General Opinion AGO 05-41, released on July 12, 2005 and titled "Traffic, use of unmanned cameras" can be found HERE.
Other articles can be found at the following links: Miami Herald, Miami Herald, NBC 2, SunSentinel, SunSentinel, First Coast News,  and The Ledger.


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