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North Carolina Judge: Cameras Violate State Constitution
A North Carolina judge says public schools are entitled to fines collected from motorists caught by red light cameras.

High Point ticketA Guilford County, North Carolina judge ruled that the red light camera program in the city of High Point violates the state constitution, which requires "clear proceeds" to go to education. In this case, the judge found those proceeds actually go to a private contractor and other non-education purposes.

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In High Point, for example, $35 of the $50 fine, or 70 percent, went to contractors, [lawyer Marshall] Hurley said. Cities have an obligation to pay $45 of each $50 fine to the schools, he added.
Source: Lawyer says ruling could threaten N.C. red-light camera programs (Associated Press, 1/3/2005)

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