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Officials Stopped Short By Red Light Camera Lawsuits
October 21, 2007 -Officials in Cleveland and Dayton Tennessee have joined a growing list of officials to stop short of red light camera contracts after petitions objected to them and lawsuits popped up around the country, according to the Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent.
The Knoxville lawsuit filed by Knox County resident Judy Williams against city officials and Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., says the local contract violates her civil rights and right to due process of law. The lawsuit charges the contract is vague and designed to generate revenue rather than improve traffic safety.
The suit seeks a permanent injunction against red light cameras, asks that the contract be declared void and asks that money collected through the system be repaid.
Attorney John Kimball represents Cleveland's interest in the case. The lawsuit is nearly 100 pages and covers every conceivable allegation, he said.
“Some of those might apply to Cleveland,” he said, “although Knoxville has a different government structure and a different camera procedure than is being considered here”.
The lawsuit may not be settled anytime soon since the case was transferred to a new judge in August.
"But we want to see how Knoxville reacts to it," Mr. Kimball told the Chattanooga Times Free Press last week.
SOURCE: CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS
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