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US court dismisses PI license requirement claim for red-light cameras

American Traffic Solutions : 01 April, 2009  (Company News)
Texas district court states that traffic enforcement cameras don't need investigator's licenses to operate
On March 26, 2009, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dismissed a lawsuit claiming that red-light camera vendors were required to obtain a private investigator's license to operate in the State of Texas. An identical case was filed against American Traffic Solutions (ATS) in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

In dismissing the case with prejudice, United States District Judge Michael Schneider said the plaintiffs do not have standing to argue that a private investigator's license is required for vendors to operate camera programs or to address the Texas Legislature's authorization of the use of red-light cameras by local governments.

ATS has moved for dismissal on the same grounds and has submitted Judge Schneider's opinion to the Court presiding over the suit against ATS.

"We are pleased with the case dismissal in Texas' Eastern District Federal Court, and hope for a similar decision in the suit against ATS," said George Hittner, Vice President and General Counsel of American Traffic Solutions.

The dismissal confirms that the claim has no merit and can only be considered frivolous," Hittner continued. "Further, the Private Security Bureau of the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is the Texas agency statutorily authorized to regulate private investigators' licenses, has already issued an opinion confirming American Traffic Solutions' position that red-light camera vendors do not require a private investigator's license to operate in Texas."

"The plaintiffs' lawsuit is an ill-conceived attempt to exonerate those who have violated traffic laws and to prevent municipalities from enforcing traffic laws that protect innocent lives. American Traffic Solutions will continue to work closely with our partner cities to ensure red-light camera programs remain an effective public safety tool," Hittner concluded.
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