The Florida Supreme Court will review a lower court's approval of a South Florida city's use of a private vendor in its red light camera ticketing process, although it dismissed a driver's claims that the decision conflicted with another court's findings rejecting the practice.
Luis Torres Jimenez's appeal of the Third District Court of Appeal's ruling for the city of Aventura will be closely watched. Municipalities' red light camera programs have impacted more than 1 million motorists and spawned dozens of lawsuits across the state, as well as a $200 million class action that is currently stayed in federal court in Miami.
In its order Tuesday accepting jurisdiction, the Florida Supreme Court indicated that the justices voted 5-0 against Jimenez's argument that the Third District's findings last year conflicted with the Fourth District's 2014 decision in Arem v. City of Hollywood, but voted 4-1 that the high court should take up three questions certified by the appeals court as issues of great public importance.
Counsel for Jimenez applauded the court's decision despite its rejection of his conflict argument.
“We are pleased with the Florida Supreme Court's decision to review the case on the basis that it involves an issue of great public importance,” Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC said in a statement. “Several cities and counties around our state utilize red light cameras and it is appropriate that our state’s highest court will consider and finally resolve whether or not they have the right to do so.”
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