November 14, 2014
By Julie Montanaro
Tallahassee is one of 24 cities named in a federal class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of red light cameras.
The plaintiffs want the courts to void their red light tickets and stop cities like Tallahassee from using the controversial cameras.
Red light cameras are posted at some of Tallahassee's busiest intersections.
A class action lawsuit filed in Tallahassee's federal court October 29 calls them "unconstitutional."
The suit names "American Traffic Solutions" and 24 cities including Tallahassee.
It claims police have "delegated their police powers and out-sourced them to a for-profit, non-governmental corporation."
Attorneys for the City of Tallahassee say that's not so.
"Anytime a person receives a notice of violation or a citation, it is reviewed by a law enforcement officer before it is issued," Senior Assistant City Attorney Cassandra Jackson said.
One of the plaintiffs got a red light ticket in Tallahassee.
We tried to reach the attorneys who filed the class action suit for comment on the specifics, but have yet to hear back.
The federal lawsuit claims while an officer may sign off on the actual citations it is American Traffic Solutions that initially determines who is subject to prosecution, who creates the actual citation, and who issues it.
Jackson says they're trying to get the case against the City of Tallahassee thrown out because it doesn't have a contract with ATS. Its contract is with Xerox ACS.
We'll let you know what happens next.