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Red Light Camera Ticket Refunds on the Horizon?

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled red light programs put in place before 2010 were illegal.

The Florida Supreme Court says red light cameras installed before 2010 Legislation were illegal.
The Florida Supreme Court says red light cameras installed before 2010 Legislation were illegal.

Tampa Bay area motorists who received red light cameras prior to 2010 won a small victory June 12, but that doesn’t mean refunds from local governments will be in the mail anytime in the near future.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday that red light camera programs put in place prior to 2010 Legislative action were illegal. While the court said local governments didn’t have the right to establish their own programs, because they conflicted with the state’s uniform traffic law, it stopped short of ordering a refund of fines, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Several Bay area cities, including Temple Terrace and Port Richey, put red light camera programs in place as early as 2008. Temple Terrace’s program netted about $1.4 million in fines between October 2008 and November 2009, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Port Richey’s program generated about $1.2 million in fines between May 2008 and December 2010.

While none of Pinellas County’s programs went live before the 2010 legislation, Hillsborough County began using red light cameras in late 2009. Figures on how much the county collected were not available.

Red light cameras have been a contentious topic across the state for years with proponents saying they save lives and opponents saying they’re used as “backdoor tax increases.”

The state tweaked its legislation in 2013, providing motorists more time to respond to red light tickets. The base fee for running a light was set at $158, and motorists were given 60 days to respond.

What are your thoughts on red light cameras? Should tickets paid before 2010 be refunded? Tell us by commenting below!

Nic June 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM
I want my refund!
Lucas Hutchins June 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM
I want my money back temple terrace!!!
Danielle Coleman June 14, 2014 at 08:15 PM
I received one in New Port Richey in 2008...so I want mine refunded....and I think the cameras should be removed because it tickets the registered owner of the car.....NOT the DRIVER! When a cop stops a driver its the DRIVER who gets the ticket....why isn't it Red Light Camera sytem set up to do that??? It can't....so all those tickets should be thrown out!!!

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