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State Supreme Court Ruling Means Millions in Red Light Refunds

 
Posted June 12th, 2014 @ 5:40pm

(Tallahasse, Fla. - 970 WFLA) - There's a new Florida Supreme Court ruling on those red light cameras. And it means many Florida cities will have to return millions of dollars in fines. 

The ruling focused on the central Florida towns of Aventura and Orlando, which the state's high court says violated a state law that requires uniform traffic enforcement. But it affects cities that installed red light cameras before the state authorized the cameras in 2010. Those cities, which include Lakeland, Brooksville, Temple Terrace and Port Richey, will have to reimburse red light ticket fines.  

A spokesman with the city of Temple Terrace says there's no comment right now because city attorneys need time to review the court's decision. In Lakeland, the city says a previous class action lawsuit resolved most of those tickets. Red light cameras in most other bay area cities, including St. Petersburg and Tampa, went live after 2010.

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