Florida Appeal Court rules against red-light camera tickets from third-party for-profit vendors

October 15, 2014 – The 4th District Court of Appeal in Florida ruled in City of Hollywood vs. Eric Arem:

For the reasons set forth herein, we answer “No” to the first certified question, and find that the City is not authorized to delegate police power by entering into a contract that allows a private vendor to screen data and decide whether a violation has occurred before sending that data to a traffic infraction enforcement officer (“TIEO”) to use as the basis for authorizing a citation. Such outsourcing to a third-party for-profit vendor of a city’s statutorily mandated obligation to issue uniform traffic citations for red light camera violations is contrary to the plain wording of the Florida Statutes…

Read the full opinion here