RED LIGHT: ATS Future Uncertain in Florida

August 26, 2009

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James Tuton, ATS CEO (left), busted for lawbreaking thievery in this undated file photo.

…And they would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids laws. Of course, Breaking the law while pretending to enforce it (for profit) is business as usual for American Traffic Solutions.

The headlines say it all. Miami Herald: “Legal challenges mount for Florida’s red-light cameras.” Daytona Beach News-Journal: “Red-light camera lawsuit looms.” Naples News: “[Suit claims] red-light cameras are unconstitutional.”

Jason Weisser, a West Palm Beach-based attorney, is filing a class action lawsuit in each of the 22 Florida municipalities that have recently installed red-light cameras or similar technology, claiming they are unconstitutional.

The officials getting sued seem to agree:

“Yeah, they have a legitimate claim,” County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow said. “I’m not saying they have a winning claim. Ultimately it will be up to a court to determine.”

Weisser says that counties and cities have no business passing laws about red-light running, which he says is the state’s responsibility. Collier County has installed 12 cameras since early April and has issued hundreds of $125 citations.

In Florida, local money-grubbing municipalities ignore state law to install automated ticketing machines— also known as deadly red light cameras— by sending out local “code violation” tickets. The article from Naples News continues:

The state does not allow red-light running cameras on state property, and the cameras used in cities and counties are not allowed to issue traffic citations. Instead, the municipalities that utilize the cameras mail out code violations to the owners of vehicles caught on camera running red lights.

As Shaggy would say:  “Zoinks, it’s the creepy coin collector again!” Except all that coin they’re collecting might have to be refunded as the tide continues to turn against photo radar, red light cameras, and city officials who choose to conspire with private corporations against their constituents.


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