State High Court To Take Up Red Light Camera Fines

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Drivers fined after they were caught on camera running a red light may be in for a refund down the road.

The Florida Supreme Court has decided it will hear two cases on the legality of fines collected from drivers caught by red light cameras before the Legislature passed a law authorizing their use. The cases will not affect drivers ticketed after the law was passed.

The justices on Tuesday accepted jurisdiction of appeals from conflicting lower court decisions.

At stake could be millions of dollars in fines collected across the state. They may have to be refunded if the justices side with the 5th District Court of Appeal.

The city of Orlando is appealing the Daytona Beach-based court’s ruling that fines collected before the law was passed in 2010 were illegal.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami came to the opposite conclusion in upholding fines collected by the city of Aventura.

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