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Lawyer behind the red light lawsuit

Rochester, N.Y.-- Attorney Larry Krieger said he couldve just paid the $50 red light camera ticket, but instead, he decided not just to fight it, but to challenge it in court.

Krieger lost his court battle.

State Supreme Court Judge Scott Odorisi upheld the red light camera law, saying it is constitutional.

But while hes disappointed, Krieger said his fight was worth it. He said he heard from many others who feel these cameras violate their rights and said he was fighting for those who cannot afford to fight city hall.

He has 14 days to pay his fine and he will pay, but said his story isnt over. He also plans to file an appeal.

Krieger has also inspired others to challenge their tickets. Damaris Rivera-Vargas said she doesnt know Krieger but shares his opinion that red light cameras arent constitutional. She said they assume the person getting the ticket was driving, when in fact, she said she wasnt the driver when her car was photographed going through a red light on Norton Street back in September.

She is fighting the ticket and said she wont pay it until the city shows her a picture of the person driving the car through the red light.

Krieger said while he doesnt agree, he respects the judges decision and will pay the fine because he believes we should obey the law.

Late Monday the city responded to the decision which ruled in its favor.

Mayor Tom Richards said in a statement: I am very pleased with Fridays decision by Supreme Court Justice Scott Odorisi who ruled that Rochesters Red Light Camera Traffic Safety Program is constitutional. The program will continue in full effect. This ruling allows the City to continue enforcing the serious problem of red light violations to improve public safety and keep more of our police officers free to perform other duties.

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