ORLANDO, Fla. - Drivers who ran a red light before 2010 and were given a ticket may be entitled to a refund.
It started because of a ticket given to one man in Orlando.
His ticket is from 2009 a year before the state legislature approved the use of
The question is if Orlando acted too soon and will that cost cities millions of dollars already collected.
"If there is dispute on a statute there is case law that it falls on both sides," Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court said.
Thursday's debate between lawyers and judges could end up granting drivers who have been issued
"Their penalties (are) draconian compared (to) the state penalties," Jason Weisser, a lawyer representing the driver said.
Eyewitness News has covered crashes caused by central Florida drivers running red lights.
Since 2008 Orlando and other cities began handing out fines based on local ordinances
Lawyers for drivers argued the discrepancy is unfair, citing state law requires uniform traffic law enforcement.
"So that if a driver is traveling from Tallahassee, from Monroe County, the laws will be the same, the application will be the same," Weisser said.
Lawyers for the city of Orlando argued that they did have the power to set up their own fines.
"Just because it is different doesn't mean it's conflict,"
The argument is that there is a conflict. Some local
"If we find there are penalties more severe, isn't that reason to invalidate the ordinances?" Pariente said.
That's the debate. One district court said yes but another district court said
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