1. Transportation

We want to hear of unusual red-light ticket snags

Published Feb. 26, 2013

Have you had a problem with a red-light camera?

The Times is looking to talk to people who have encountered problems with red-light citations. We're not looking for run-of-the-mill cases in which someone ran a red light and got a violation notice in the mail. We're seeking people who ran into snags in the law that created an unfair circumstance.

Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke, whose office processes thousands of tickets from red-light cameras, recently urged local cities to stop issuing citations until flaws with them are fixed.

He cited eight issues, including the way drivers receive citations in the mail, the way fines are increased if not paid on time, how tickets are issued to vehicle owners instead of drivers, and how there is no way to challenge the ticket until after the $158 citation jumps to $264 if not paid within 30 days. Problems also abound with tickets issued to people in rental cars.

Please email reporter Mark Puente at with a brief summary of your problem. Include your full name, phone number and city where the problem occurred.


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