The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled some red light cameras in Florida are illegal – but not any of them in Lake County.
The court ruled that red light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando violated a state law that requires uniform traffic enforcement. The decision only applies to cities that installed red light cameras before a 2010 law allowing them was enacted.
Groveland and Clermont are the only two cities in Lake County with red light cameras. Groveland’s two cameras on Orange Street (State Road 50) and North Lake Avenue went up in 2010, while Clermont’s six cameras at four intersections on SR 50 went live this January.
A municipality is given broad authority to enact ordinances under its own home-rule powers. However, Justice Charles T. Canady stated in his ruling that municipal ordinances “must yield to state statutes.”
State law didn’t provide municipalities the necessary authority or direction to enact red-light camera ordinances until the passage of the Mark Wendell Traffic Safety Act, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Charlie Crist in mid-2010.
Clermont’s red light cameras raised the ire of motorists earlier this year until a clear majority of the initial citations were rescinded upon review. The city has since raised more public awareness about what violations will be cited and has put up more signs warning that the cameras are in use.
Groveland’s cameras haven’t made the city much money but have slowed down traffic, officials previously said.
The Associated Press and the Halifax Media Group contributed material to this report.