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Red light motion upheld in court
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Red light motion upheld in court

Sarasota, Florida -- For the second time, a cited individual has challenged the constitutionality of the red light camera system used by the City of Sarasota. 

For the second time, the system was upheld.  Earlier today, the Honorable David Denkin denied a motion to dismiss and upheld Sarasota’s red light camera system under Florida Statutes s. 316.0083 (the "Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act") as implemented by our City Code.

Palmetto resident Kristina Brennick, the owner of a vehicle which ran a red light in the City of Sarasota (Fruitville Rd and US 301) on August 20, 2012, hired an attorney and filed a motion to dismiss challenging the constitutionality of Sarasota’s red light program.

Per Assistant City Attorney, Eric Werbeck, the City of Sarasota is pleased with the result.  “This is the second time the County Court has considered a challenge to our program and this is the second judge to agree that our program is constitutional.”

In Judge Denkin's words "[t]he statute is a legitimate exercise of the State of Florida's police powers because it promotes safety on our highways."

In Sarasota, approximately 94% of people who receive a ticket and pay it do not get another violation. When individual drivers abide by traffic laws, the roads are made safer for everyone. 

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