Camera Vs. Cop: Invalidating Red Light Tickets in Florida

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, Florida - June 8, 2011 -

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office plans to appeal a Broward County judge’s ruling that said tickets issued by police officers for running a red light are unconstitutional because the fine is higher than that levied when a driver is ticketed by a red light camera. The odd ruling by Broward County Court Judge Fred Berman on May 31 said that police couldn’t issue red light running tickets because the higher fine – more than $250 compared to $158 for those caught by a camera – violates the equal protection clause. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday that cities in Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, said their officers will continue to issue citations for now, even though they could be thrown out. Fort Lauderdale City Attorney Harry Stewart told the Sun-Sentinel he believed the judge misapplied state law. A police officer who issues a ticket for running a red light is giving it to the driver, whereas red-light camera citations are given to the owner of a vehicle. Jennifer Krell Davis, a spokeswoman for Bondi, said the AG will appeal the ruling.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    Way to go Judge Berman! It's time for someone to stand up for the rights of the little guy, who is not politically connected, or a white collar criminal!
  • by Sally Location: Tallahassee on Jun 9, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    If the owner was not driving the car s/he has the option to complete an affidavit stating that s/he was not the driver,but they would have to give out the drivers information who had the car at the time and the ticket will be re-issued to the responsible party. If the car was stolen and the owner has proof hopefully the ticket will be dismissed
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    Why should there be a difference in price. Make the ticket the same. The city should just make all the tickets the same price,then all the tickets would be valid, plus the cop can issue tickets for every infraction he finds.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    who cares. IM BROKE AND I WAS JUST LAYED-OFF. #moving on
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    red light cameras should be ruled unconstitutional anyhow, it violates MY RIGHT TO FACE MY ACCUSER. How can you face a camera ?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 05:31 PM in reply to
      You go down to the intersection where you ran the red light and yell your guts out at the darn camera, Simpleton!!!!
  • by Rayna Location: Florida on Jun 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    The argument that the red light ticket is given to the owner of the vehicle versus the polic issued ticket is given to the driver does not make sense in the difference of the fees assessed. If a red light ticket is issued, then it should have the same price no matter what. Thsi is the reason that the red light camera is not a valid solution to the problem. The relight camera ticket is not holding the driver responsible for ignoring the light and possible physical harm done to the driver or others. What will happen if a thief has stolen a car and fails to stop at a red light. How can the owner be responsible for the ticket if not driving at the time of the incident?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 05:32 PM in reply to Rayna
      Good grief. Don't you know how to read?
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