Florida: Not Retaining Traffic-Cam Video May Be Illegal

The Ledger, a newspaper in Lakeland, Fla., set out to find footage from traffic cameras after hearing from readers that some red-light runners in government vehicles may have gotten off with no ticket.
Author:
Publish date:

The Ledger, a newspaper in Lakeland, Fla., set out to find footage from traffic cameras after hearing from readers that some red-light runners in government vehicles may have gotten off with no ticket.

So the newspaper went to American Traffic Systems, the camera operator, but heard that the video no longer existed according to this account in the paper.

According to the article, ATS holds video (other than that preserved for prosecution of violations) for just two weeks, well short of the 30 days the paper says is required under Florida law.

The story says the city of Lakeland and ATS are blaming each other, and it cites state officials saying ATS may have violated state law.

The Lakeland cameras have billed more than $1 million in fines for 8,200 violations since June, according to the paper.

Related