Unfortunately, David Ovalle’s Nov. 7 story, Florida Supreme Court to hear red-light camera issue, doesn’t address the most egregious matter involved with such programs no matter which regulatory body sanctions them.
The fact is that such citations are being issued by local cities charging the owner of the vehicle, not the driver, for the alleged violation.
Owners who aren’t guilty and who challenge such citations in traffic court are being judged guilty and are being forced to pay heavy fines or forfeit their driver licenses. Such high-handed proceedings are clearly a violation of constitutional rights, yet go on routinely in our community.
They mainly affect working people least able to pay the outrageous fines and without the financial means to hire a lawyer and file an appeal. This needs to be addressed by the Florida Legislature or the court system.
William J. Hopwood, Miami