Florida red-light cameras pre-2010 deemed illegal

Cities that installed cameras before authorized to pay back millions

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida cities that installed red-light cameras before the state authorized them could have to return millions of dollars in fines now that the Supreme Court has ruled they were illegal.

The court ruled Thursday that red-light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando violated a state law that requires uniform traffic enforcement.

The decision only applies to cities that installed red-light cameras before a 2010 law allowing them was enacted.

Red-light cameras in Orlando and Aventura were challenged, and two appeals courts had conflicting opinions.

Still in question is how fines are to be returned to drivers.

A lawyer for the city of Orlando contends that it only has to return money to people who disputed the tickets -- not those who paid them without objections.

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