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Florida Supreme Court Rules Traffic Cameras Installed Before 2010 Are Illegal

For those living in the state of Florida, traffic cameras are these days very common. It is quite embarrassing to open one’s mail just to find a traffic violation fine that needs to be paid, along with a picture of their jalopy blazing twenty over the speed limit just to beat the light. As of Thursday, traffic cameras are about to take a dive in their numbers, primarily those installed before the year 2010.

In a report by NBC News 4, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that traffic cameras, the ones installed before the year 2010, are now illegal. The reason why these cameras are on the chopping block is because they weren’t approved by the state at that time. According to the Supreme Court, traffic cameras were approved in 2010, and any city that installed them prior to their approval have done so illegally. It should be noted that only cities and towns who installed traffic cameras prior to their approval are effected, which includes Aventura and Orlando.

The Florida Supreme Court took the case because of the conflicting opinions in the two appeals courts, one in Orlando and the other in Aventura, which is near Miami. The 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach said Orlando’s camera ordinance conflicted with state traffic laws. The District Court of Appeal in Miami, however, upheld the fines collected in Aventura before the new law was passed.

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