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Rochester's red light cam decision up to judge

Rochester, N.Y. - The constitutionality of Rochester's red light cameras is now in the hands of a judge.

A lawsuit filed by local attorney Larry Krieger went before State Judge Scott Odorisi Tuesday afternoon.

Krieger is suing the city after getting a $50 red light ticket last year.

He says the camera law violates due process, because the person to whom the car is registered gets the ticket, whether or not he or she was driving.

"I've heard from a lot of car dealers, used and new car dealers, who have let people take test drives and then three weeks later, get a red light notice in the mail, its just not fair," Krieger said. "You shouldn't punish somebody for a moving violation that's allegedly done by somebody else."

Tuesday Judge Odorisi asked questions about stats that claim to show that cameras make intersections safer. He also asked whether or not a $50 fine was enough to be called a punishment.

"This is a public safety law. Its for the protection of the public by attempting to reduce red light violations and reduce red light violations that result in accidents and injury accidents," Adam Clark, lawyer for the City of Rochester, said.

The judge also wanted to know if there were any measures in place to ensure the cameras function properly.

If Judge Odorisi sides with Krieger, it could force the city to stop red light camera operations entirely.

The judges decision is expected by November 8, 2013.

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