A San Diego
Superior Court judge has tossed out hundreds of traffic tickets from cameras
designed to nab red-light runners after determining that the photographs are
untrustworthy because of the city's lack of oversight. The decision places the
city's red light program and its millions of dollars in jeopardy.
Styn upheld his preliminary findings of Aug. 15, when he said the city violated
state law by giving too much control over its photo-enhancement program to the
private company that operated the cameras, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The judge also cited the city's fee arrangement with Lockheed Martin, which
received $70 for every $271 citation. Styn said the arrangement amounts to an
unauthorized contingency agreement that undermines the company's neutrality.
Attorney Steven Hansen told the newspaper it was likely that his office would
file an appeal. Styn's decision isn't binding on other pending cases in the