Drivers who were caught on camera and cited for turning right on red will get nearly $1 million in refunds.
During the first few months Lakeland’s red light cameras were in operation, hundreds of people were cited for making an illegal right hand turn, or running a red light.
There was quite an uproar. People complained to city hall on a daily basis.
Now it seems some satisfaction may be coming their way. They will receive a check for about $30 from the City of Lakeland and ATS, the company which installed the cameras.
“Full payment would be nice, but partial payment is good,” said driver Victoria Westbrook.
The cameras were installed a few years ago. Drivers who were caught on them making an illegal right turn received tickets that averaged $150.
The ticketed drivers can thank a class action suit for the repayment. It argued that the tickets were unconstitutional because they were given out before the state passed a law okaying the cameras. A judge agreed.
So here’s the bottom line. If you got a ticket as a result of a red light camera before July 1, 2010, you can expect a check.
The City of Lakeland will end up paying more than $600,000, and ATS will pay more than $300,000.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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