Another Town in Trouble Because of Photo Enforcement

I’m going to try to do a better job of posting about lawsuits related to photo enforcement. I post them in the news sections but I don’t have a page dedicated to them.

Now Bluff City finds itself along with ATS as defendants in a $6M federal class action lawsuit. If these towns haven’t learned by now, photo enforcement is more trouble than it’s worth:

The lawsuit alleges the city and the firm are conspiring to violate the Fair Debt Collections Act, state law and the city’s own ordinances by imposing an administrative fee of $40 on top of the $50 fine imposed for motorists allegedly captured on the city’s two speed enforcement cameras on Highway 11E. The plaintiffs further allege the city and firm are “threatening criminal prosecution for contempt of court and suspension of driver’s licenses” if the fees and fines aren’t paid.

The action also alleges the city created a “speed trap” on the section of Highway 11E under enforcement by the city’s cameras by dropping the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph less than a mile from where the cameras are posted.

Read more here.

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