Ruling Could Shut Down Red Light Cameras

Drivers could get current tickets dismissed because cops, not camera company, testified at trial

A Los Angeles court case could pull the plug on red light cameras in California - at least temporarily.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles sided with a woman who argues that the red light camera system doesn't allow a fair fight.

Annette Borzakian, a former public defender, found a glitch in the legal system.  After getting a red light camera citation in June 2009, she went to court and lost.

But on appeal, she argued that it is a defendant's right to question the actual company technicians who analyze the cameras.

Instead, traffic officers have been filling that role during trial. 

"What the court says is the company that took the pictures..  that went out and maintained the lights that did everything, they've got to have somebody there," said San Diego Attorney Mitchell Mehdy, who also goes by the name "Mr. Ticket."

Mehdy said this case could lead to a temporary shut down of red light cameras in California until government agencies can find a way to comply with the ruling.

"The red light system is going to have to change or every case is going to be dismissed if you make the argument.. if you don't make the argument you send the ticket in, you're done," Mehdy said.

The tickets cost upwards of $530.

Mehdy is now working to shut down the cameras through the legal system in San Diego County.

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