#RedLightCameras - Looks like City of Hollywood and Comm. Dick Blattner are going to go down swinging when it comes to keeping their self-serving policies re their money-making red-light cameras, despite lack of evidence they are making it any safer. Surprise!
More of what we have come to expect from Comm. Blattner over the past few years, where he's been the voice of Conventional Wisdom and preserving the status quo, and constantly supporting the largest role possible for local government
The article and column below are but the latest news regarding a contentious subject that I've been quite fair in reporting and blogging about over the past eight years, despite how grossly unfair RLC supporters in government have been with South Florida communities, including keeping police info about location and frequency of traffic accidents out of the hands of citizens who directly challenge their contention that it's been a "SAFETY" measure, not a money-making one.
Well, we've all seen for ourselves over the years how untrue that was when push comes to shove.
By Susannah Bryan Sun Sentinel
Officials here might have to pull the plug on their red-light camera program as soon as next week.
But not if City Hall gets its way.
Less than two weeks ago, the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach declined to rehear an October ruling that found Hollywood could not delegate ticket-writing duties to third-party vendor American Traffic Solutions.
The ruling applies not only to Hollywood, but statewide
The epitaph of red-light cameras might read: Enforced the law by breaking the law.
At least that's how the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach sees the controversial program, ruling that some South Florida cities have illegally delegated their police authority to a private vendor in Arizona.
Hollywood was the first to get rapped on the knuckles last fall. Earlier this month, it was Davie's turn. The 4th DCA also rejected Hollywood's bid to have a rehearing.
As a result, all cities with red-light camera programs now find themselves on shaky legal and financial ground.
Editorial from @theledger echoes our finding: any #RedLightCamera benefits undermined by cities not complying w/law: http://t.co/KL7CCtgH5N
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 18, 2015
UPDATED - TIMELINE - 2yrs worth of #WTSP #RedLightCamera coverage: http://t.co/ct74d2sofV!
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 3, 2015