A county judge in the affluent Washington, D.C., suburb of Montgomery County, Md., has allowed a class-action suit to proceed against tickets generated by red-light cameras.
According to a report in The Gazette, the lawsuit seeks to dismiss the traffic tickets, alleging that the contract between the local governments and the ticket issuer violates state law prohibiting payment based on the number of tickets.
That issue has also arisen in California, where a court recently declined to consider the legality of a ticket issuing contract in refusing to throw out a motorist’s case. That ruling could set up a showdown in a the California Supreme Court.
The article says county officials maintain the contract with the system operator is legal, but that they are renegotiating its terms nonetheless. One jurisdiction, Chevy Chase Village, has agreed to a contract with a fixed payment to the vendor, not one linked to ticket quantity, the newspaper reported.