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Florida Red-Light Cameras Are Constitutional

A judge in Broward County, Florida, recently upheld the constitutionality of red-light cameras, according to The Miami Herald. Judge Steven DeLuca ruled on Wednesday that red light camera tickets do not violate citizens' rights and permitted their continued use in the city, reports the newspaper. Some have questioned this decision based on DeLuca's past precedent regarding red-light camera tickets, according to the news source. The judge generally throws out a majority of tickets, only upholding 44 of the 830 tickets that were challenged in his court this past year, reports the media outlet. DeLuca refused to comment on this apparent inconsistency. The red-light cameras have caused a great deal of controversy over the past few years. The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in 2009 that red-light cameras do not violate due process constitutional rights, but this decision has been questioned through countless lawsuits across the country, according to The Murfreesboro Post. The National Motorists Association maintains that red-light cameras are unconstitutional because they do not allow the driver to face their accuser. Although DeLuca's decision only applies in his court, defense attorney Ted Hollander has the option to appeal the decision. This subsequent ruling would have a greater area of impact, according to The Miami Herald.
Posted in Government, Red Light
Aug 22nd, 2011