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Court rules Redflex cameras don't need private investigator's license

Redflex Traffic Systems : 30 March, 2009  (Company News)
Texas streets set to become safer for all after court ruling that red light enforcement cameras from Redflex Traffic Systems don't need to operate with a private investigator's license
Redflex Traffic Systems has announced that a Texas Federal Court has dismissed in its entirety a class action lawsuit against the company seeking damages for Redflex's alleged failure to maintain a private investigator's license.

On November 24, 2008, a group of plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Redflex in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The class action lawsuit alleges that Redflex was negligent in failing to maintain a private investigator's license as purportedly required by the Texas Occupations Code. The plaintiffs sought to recoup from Redflex the fines they paid after receiving citations for running red lights.

On March 24, 2009, United States District Court Judge Michael Schneider, the judge overseeing the class action lawsuit, ruled from the bench and issued a minute order dismissing the plaintiffs' entire complaint against Redflex. A formal order dismissing the case has been issued.

Judge Schneider concluded that the individual plaintiffs and class representatives lacked standing to assert any claims against Redflex. Judge Schneider's opinion is consistent with that of the Texas Private Security Bureau, the division within the Texas Department of Public Safety charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing the licensing provisions of the Texas Occupations Code. This body recently issued an advisory opinion concluding that companies administering red light camera programs, such as Redflex, are not required by Texas law to maintain a private investigator's license.

"This is a dual victory. The ruling, together with the Texas Department of Public Safety's, reinforces our belief that our operations are fully consistent with Texas law," said Karen Finley, president and CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems. "Equally significant is that this ruling should dissuade other suits of this nature."

Red light camera programs have proven to decrease drastically the incidence of red light running and collisions all over the nation. In a recent study conducted by Texas A&M University's Transportation Institute, monitored intersections have shown an overall 30 percent decrease in collisions and dangerous right angle collisions were reduced by 43 percent.
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