Cops, courts eyeballing legality of red-light cameras | red, light, court - News - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – A recent court decision might have dealt a serious blow against red-light camera citations in the county, but law enforcement agencies say don't rule out the cameras yet.
On an appeal of a 2008 red-light ticket, an appellate panel of Orange County Superior Court judges recently ruled that photos and video submitted by police were inadmissible as evidence. Instead, the appeal panel agreed with the defense that the photo and video were hearsay because no officer actually saw the driver run the red light, and the company that maintains the cameras did not testify in the case.
The decision not only repealed the nearly $500 citation, but has sent local agencies scrambling to review what this means to red-light citations that will be fought in court.