Red light cameras in Florida municipalities have been controversial from the beginning. Opponents say that these devices invade drivers’ privacy and are strictly for generating revenue, among other complaints. Proponents of red light cameras say that these devices makes Florida roadways safer by discouraging drivers from disobeying traffic signals and preventing deadly T-bone accidents. It appears that these devices have polarized Florida lawmakers as well, as a panel in the Florida House recently passed a bill that would ban red light cameras across the state.
A 33-year-old Evans High science teacher suffered injuries when her Jeep was struck by a stolen vehicle carrying three teens. Police report that the 17-year-old driver of the stolen Mitsubishi ran a red light and struck the teacher’s Jeep Liberty on the passenger side. The accident occurred around 7 a.m. on Nov. 26 near the high school at the intersection of Silver Star Road and Kingsland Avenue.
In a development that James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury lawyers are monitoring very closely, Orlando city officials have announced that they may ask the Florida Supreme Court to determine the legality of their red light camera ticket program. A recent ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that when the city began the program, Orlando was preempted from launching it at the time because that decision should be made at the state level. Despite the Court of Appeal’s ruling, Florida laws governing red light camera ticket programs have changed, allowing local governments to begin such programs and making the court’s ruling moot.