Orlando Appealing Red Light Camera Court Ruling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando is asking the Florida Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling that says red light camera fines were illegal if collected before the state passed a law allowing the cameras.
The city appealed the 5th District Court of Appeal's ruling last week. The Supreme Court designed it as a high-profile case Monday.
A three-judge appellate panel said the city's red light camera ordinance conflicted with state traffic laws before they were changed in 2010 to allow cameras.
The Daytona Beach-based 5th District's July 6 decision conflicts with a prior ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami.
The case will not affect fines under the new law. A lawyer for Orlando said cities across Florida may have to refund millions collected before then if the appeal fails.


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