The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to take up a case about whether a South Florida city’s red-light camera program violates state traffic laws, leaving in place a city’s camera and the enforcement system.
Motorist Lee Stein went to the Supreme Court in September after the 3rd District Court of Appeal backed the city of Aventura in the dispute — one of numerous legal fights in recent years about red-light cameras in the state. A panel of the South Florida appeals court in June overturned a Miami-Dade County judge’s ruling against the city.
As is common, the Supreme Court on Tuesday did not explain its reasons for deciding against hearing the case. The move effectively let stand the 3rd District Court of Appeal decision.
The case stemmed from Stein receiving a citation for failing to stop at a red light in 2014 and focused on guidelines used by Aventura in deciding whether to cite motorists based on camera images. Aventura and other cities have different guidelines, leading Stein to argue, in part, that Aventura violated a state requirement of uniform traffic laws. But in a 14-page brief this month, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office argued that the Supreme Court should not take up the case. The brief said the appeals court’s decision did not conflict with any legal precedents in red-light camera cases.
–News Service of Florida
I lived there (NMB/Aventura) when RL cams & lawsuits all started.
Ways to beat the cameras, know where they are and make detours to avoid those intersections completely. I only got one citation ever and it was because a garbage truck blocked the light. The truck went thru the light legally, the light changed on me before I was able to see the red light. I had a protected arrow from the left turns anyway and there were no pedestrians or traffic at the corner. Regardless though, from that day forward I avoided that intersection and any that I could that had RL cams. Since it cost $ 128 or whatever it was back then, I imposed economic sanctions that are still in place on those communities. I never spent another dime in those areas. Didn’t buy groceries, gasoline, clothing, nothing. Those municipalities were dead to me, it was the last $ 128 that Miami Gardens was ever going to get for revenue. When I drove thru there, I found an alternate road that had no RL cams and found that I avoided gridlock traffic as well. I warned others as well to avoid those places. Years of living there, I cost them way more than $ 128. Make me save and cut costs to pay a fine because of a garbage truck with no grace policy, so be it, I’ll make sure that’s the last $ 128 they ever get from me. That $ 128 better be all they ever wanted to have as revenue.
Dick Abbott says
The only way to deal with these legal thieves…