2/15/2005North Carolina Red Light Cameras Lose in Court
Judge rules against the High Point, North Carolina red light camera system.
Guilford County Superior Court Judge A. Moses Massey has ruled that the city of High Point owes 90 percent of revenue from red light cameras to the state school system. The court ruled earlier that the program violated a provision of the state constitution that requires the "clear proceeds" from the programs to be dedicated to education, not a private contractor. The ruling will cost the city at least $1.3 million.
Today's ruling threatens programs throughout the state as several cities have already admitted they would drop the program if the proceeds were directed to education. High Point has already announced it will appeal the decision, and Mayor Becky Smothers adds, "I'm pretty sure we'll probably suspend the program."
High Point is appealing the ruling. Depending on the outcome of the appeal, the ruling could affect red-light camera programs around the state.Source: High Point considers suspending red-light camera program (Greensboro News and Record, 2/15/2005)
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