Fighting a ticket you got from a red-light camera in a small town is like fighting every other small town ordinance... if you are not from that town you are going to get rogered but good.
A number of towns in Florida have their own red-light camera rules: wildly different fines, and different processes to fight your ticket. Disputing a red-light ticket in these towns mainly involves going to city hall to have some good ol' boy administrator ask you where your Daddy is from, laugh, and then fine you anyway.
Even by Florida standards, this is incredibly stupid. You can't have wildly different traffic laws when driving from one Podunk town to another as you desperately try to make it to Miami before nightfall.
In 2010, the Florida legislature tried to standardize the state's red-light camera laws, fines, and procedure for court. The law said that motorists had a right to be heard in county courts, instead of out in Judge Jimbo's backyard.
Predictably, some towns in Florida simply ignored the state legislature, because Florida.
But yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court overruled red-light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando, confirming I suppose, that Mickey Mouse is still subject to statewide legal oversight. The Daily Business Review reports: