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Spokane named in red light camera lawsuit

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KING COUNTY, Wash. - A class action lawsuit has been filed against 19 Washington cities, including Spokane, concerning the cost of the tickets issued as a result of red light cameras.

The group who brought the lawsuit against the cities says the amount of the tickets issued, usually around $124, is more than is allowed by statute for such traffic violations.

In 2005, state legislature enacted a statue that states tickets generated by the use of traffic cameras will be processed the same way as parking infractions and the amount of the tickets issued should 'not exceed' those of parking infractions.

The City of Spokane says they meet that amount and say it's less than the $250 fine for parking in a handicap space.

The attorneys for the group who brought the lawsuit say that the handicap fine is enforced by state law and outside the jurisdiction of the City.

The lawsuit also states that the intent of the Legislature was not to raise revenue, but to ensure safety.

The group is seeking restitution for the fines they and others paid that they say are excessive.

Eight drivers from the west side of the state, none from Spokane, filed the suit against cities which employ the cameras.

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