• Nearly all of Clermont red-light camera tickets were for right turns on red

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    CLERMONT, Fla. - Nearly 3,000 red-light camera tickets that were given out in Clermont are being called into question because drivers were making right turns.

    Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo got new numbers that show nearly all of the violations were for drivers turning right on red.

    Council members said last month they didn't know ATS, the company that installed and monitors the cameras, would go after drivers making right turns. 

    The fines are $158, but one council member wants the tickets thrown out.

    "This is absurd," said one man who was ticketed while making a right turn on red. "I don't really understand it."

    Drivers and some Clermont council members are calling into question nearly 90 percent of the citations.

    Since last month's installation, Channel 9 found 2,700 of nearly 3,100 citations were for right turns on red.

    At last month's meeting, councilor Ray Goodgame motioned for some citations to be thrown out.

    He also motioned for a review of the rules.

    "All tickets issued prior to ATS making this change for turning right on red are to be refunded to car owners," he said.

    Tuesday night, the city manager will release findings of his investigation of claims with the camera company.

    The council meeting starts at 7 p.m.


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