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Red-light cameras lawful in Tenn., but officers must review film

Staff Report • Dec 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Knoxville News-Sentinel is reporting that red-light cameras do not violate the legal rights of individual motorists, but law enforcement officers must determine if evidence from the cameras is sufficient to issue a citation, according to the state attorney general's office.

"The issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee," states an official opinion issued Monday by state Attorney General Robert Cooper.

But there is "no provision for a private company to monitor and control a traffic light or to issue a citation," Cooper wrote. "Applicable law enforcement personnel are the only ones presently authorized to issue this type of citation."

"This does not surprise me," Ron Mills, deputy Knoxville law director, said Tuesday. "Just another decision that rules in favor of the red-light camera system. This just further emphasizes that the system the city of Knoxville had in place complies with state law and the state and federal constitutions."

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