Doug Bedell — May 11, 2015, 10:36 am

Traffic Light Cameras Being Upheld in Court

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A word to wise drivers: traffic enforcement cameras are likely to be loaded against you. That is, if you try to challenge a violation ticket awarded by a camera, the judge is likely to rule against you.

That’s the view expressed on AmericanCity & County’s Viewpoints blog: The Constitutions’s “substantive due process protection” does not extend to tickets received via traffic enforcement cameras. A U.S. Eastern District Court judge ruled to that effect in a Nassau County, N.Y., case and Viewpoints notes that “courts have consistently resisted attempts to expand the definition of substantive due process.”

So watch those traffic lights with their attendant cameras, all traffic lights in fact. You’re not likely to beat them in court.

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