City Appeals Red Light Ruling, Expands Number of Cameras - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City Appeals Red Light Ruling, Expands Number of Cameras

SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane plans to appeal a recent ruling that threw out three tickets from a red light camera project launched in 2008.

Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque overturned a lower court ruling last Friday by dismissing three tickets issued by Spokane's red light camera program.

Judge Leveque ruled the tickets were invalid because they were signed by a company in Arizona, not an officer of the law in the State of Washington.

A Spokane Police officer reviews video and photographs of each alleged infraction to verify whether or not an infraction occurred. That review authorizes the Arizona company to print the ticket, but the judge ruled the tickets must be issued from Spokane.

Authorities at the Spokane Police Department are working with the City Attorney's office on a plan to print and issue the tickets directly from Spokane.

The red light camera project has issued thousands of tickets since it started in 2008. It is unclear what would happen to those infractions if the City loses its appeal.

As attorneys appeal the recent ruling, the City continues to expand the number of cameras across the area. Several more cameras are being installed this week.

Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said the camera installation will be finished by the end of June. Warning notices at the new intersections will be sent during the first 30 days, after installation.

No date has been set to hear the appeal.

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