It All Comes to an End
Miami’s red-light camera system was designed to take two rear photographs of a vehicle that may have committed a traffic violation. The first read image was supposed to capture a vehicle prior to it entering an intersection while a traffic signal was red and the second image was supposed to show a vehicle as it continued through an intersection with the traffic signal still being red. Yet at times a red-light camera may have flashed and triggered the camera system even though a vehicle came to a complete stop after approaching an intersection. Also, a vehicle may have approached an intersection and made a right turn without making a complete stop or slowed down. Police Departments that had red light camera systems in their cities were supposed to review each violation the system captured and make the final decision on whether or not to issue a citation, which came in the mail. Since the beginning of the red-light camera system, Police Departments have admitted that not all red-light flashes equated to a citation. Most Police Departments admitted that there was 80 percent accuracy when the red-light camera system flashed and recorded a vehicle for a citation.
Though Police Departments were extremely satisfied with the operation of the red-light camera system, not all drivers agreed with having the program. It was one thing for an alleged traffic offender to get stopped by a police officer and get issued a traffic ticket, but it was a completely opposite story when a traffic citation arrived in the mail days or weeks after the alleged traffic offender supposedly committed the violation. The red-light traffic system didn’t sit well with the general public and many of them crowded city commissioners’ meetings to voice their anger. Their frustrations were so high that some took the cities to court in order to put an end to the program. One particular case went all way up to the Florida Supreme Court. This case involved the city of Aventura who was being sued by a person who argued that Aventura was giving too much power to the outside vendor that had been given the approval to review and give citations of the red-light camera system in the city of Aventura. The court’s final ruling favored the city but the general public across South Florida continued to voice their anger over the program.
Though some cities continue to operate the red-light cameras, recently Miami decided to end their program. City commissioners canceled their 2010 contract with American Traffic Solutions, the company that managed their red-light camera system. Drivers’ license tags will no longer be photographed and recorded in Miami but there are other red-light cameras programs in other cities across Miami-Dade County. And if you were issued a citation prior to the ending of the red-light camera program, you still have to pay the fine but you still have the opportunity to challenge it in court if you choose to do so. If you have been issued a citation from the red-light camera system or any other traffic ticket in South Florida and believe you were not at fault, contact us and let Carlos Gonzalez Law do the fighting for you. We know how to defend our clients.
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