Court Upholds Montgomery Red Light Camera Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court docket has upheld Montgomery’s pink gentle digicam legislation.

Justices dominated Friday 6-1 in favor of the town and towards motorist Richard Glass who challenged the ordinance, and associated state act, as unconstitutional underneath the Alabama Structure.

The 2007 ordinance established a traffic-light digicam system and instituted civil penalties for traffic-light violations. The Alabama Legislature in 2008 enacted a associated native act known as the “Montgomery Crimson Mild Security Act.”

Glass challenged the constitutionality of the legislation on a number of grounds, together with arguing it was a duplication of state legislation and never allowed underneath the state structure. He additionally argued that it violated a piece of the Alabama Structure that claims the Legislature cannot cross a particular native legislation “fixing the punishment of crime.”

Affiliate Justice Sarah Stewart wrote that the town legislation didn’t attempt to supersede normal state visitors legal guidelines and in addition met a “demonstrated native wants” requirement. The bulk opinion additionally famous that the pink gentle digicam legislation “doesn’t impermissibly repair punishment for against the law by assessing a civil penalty for a civil violation.”

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“The Ordinance and the Act, furthermore, don’t exempt motorists from compliance with the overall legal guidelines, and Glass has not recognized any situations within the normal legal guidelines which can be ‘mutually repugnant’ to situations within the Ordinance or the Act,” Stewart wrote within the majority opinion.

Chief Justice Tom Parker dissented from the bulk’s ruling.

“That frequent sense teaches that working a pink gentle is harmful in all places, not simply in Montgomery. And that easy truth undercuts the Metropolis’s argument that the Legislature discovered an area want for red-light cameras,” Parker wrote.

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