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Judge Rules in Favor of Red-Light Cameras

August 17, 2001

Superior Court Judge Ronald Styn denied a motion Aug. 15 to dismiss the prosecution of several tickets issued due to red-light cameras. He ruled that the city was within its constitutional rights to install cameras. But he also said that evidence provided by the cameras was “untrustworthy and unreliable.” Lawyers Coleen Cusack and Arthur Tait had asked Styn to shut down the red-light camera program permanently and throw out all tickets already issued. They delivered a four-sided argument against the implementation of the cameras: -- Intersections where cameras had been installed had been chosen based on their capability to generate revenue, and not for proper police purposes. -- Yellow-light durations are too short at certain intersections, and lengthening the durations was a better way to reduce violations. -- The flash from the camera causes a hazard. -- The red-light cameras infringe upon drivers’ constitutional right of privacy. In his decision, Styn addressed each of the issues, finding that none of them justified throwing out the tickets already issued, or preventing the cameras from operating again.
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