Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
and Marketing, Communications
Phone: (480) 443-7000
TALLAHASSEE, FL–In a split ruling issued today, the Supreme Court of Florida determined that city ordinances designed to allow the operation of red-light safety cameras implemented prior to July, 1, 2010, the effective date of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, were invalid. This ruling has no impact on any red-light safety camera program currently operating in the state of Florida.
In fact, the Supreme Court explicitly noted that red-light safety camera programs in Florida have been legal since July 2010. The decision states that in the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act “authorized—subject to statutory requirements—the use of red-light traffic infraction detectors by local governments and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.” The cases before the Florida Supreme Court will now be sent back down to the lower courts for further proceedings and will likely continue as various other associated legal issues are litigated.
For more information, a link to the ruling can be found here: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2014/sc12-644.pdf