A Tallahassee man is gearing up to fight the city over a red light ticket. Todd Twilley received a red light ticket from the corner of Killearn Center Blvd and Capital Circle NE.
City spokesperson Michelle Bono says the city of Tallahassee is playing by the rules. "In order to make sure no one else has this question, we are going to clarify it in our rules, and they have done so." On July 6th, The Department of Transportation made a revision the the wording of the law at the request of the City.
But Twilley is calling it foul play. "You don't change the rules midstream and that's what the city of Tallahassee was successful with, it appears at getting the state to do."
Twilley says the yellow light changes to red in 3.3 seconds...and based on the posted speed limit, it should change in 4.3 seconds.
The City says the shorter time can apply in this situation because the light is at a turning lane... and the approaching speed should be less than the posted speed limit.
Twilley will head to court Wednesday to take on his case against the City of Tallahassee. He says, "I think that I've got a pretty good case. I think it's almost admission that...by the city that they weren't following the DOT's policies when they had to go to DOT and change the policies."
And Twilley has advice for anyone else who gets in a sticky situation with a red light ticket. He says, "I would urge people not to pay the $140 and let it go away. If the city has to put up with these fights against these red light cameras it's going to cost them more to fight them."