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Law changes red-light ticket appeals

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

People caught on red light cameras will soon have a new way to fight those tickets.
    
A new state law requires each city to set up an appeals process. Right now, your only option is to head to county court if you plan to appeal a ticket. But now each city will have their own appeal system.

Your time to appeal the ticket will also be extended from 30 days to 60 days.

But there's a catch.

If you appeal to a city's appeal board and lose, you could be charged an extra $250 in fines. That's in addition to $158 for the ticket.

Cities across Pinellas County are now debating how to handle the change in law. Some cities are considering designating a special code enforcement officer to handle these cases. Others say they're considering contracting a special magistrate.

Clearwater appears poised to use its Municipal Code Enforcement Board to begin hearing appeals in August. The city council will likely make a decision this week.

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