Fla. facing lawsuits over red light cameras

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MIAMI — Motorists are challenging the state's use of red light cameras to fine drivers, saying the cameras assume drivers are guilty until proven innocent.

Local law officials use the cameras, which became legal in July, to fine the registered owner of the vehicle. But attorney William Abramson said that violates a basic principle of the criminal justice system by putting the burden of proof on the driver. The motorist can either pay a $158 fine or submit proof that he wasn't driving.

Abramson, who filed a lawsuit against the state and the city of West Palm Beach, said the city should have to prove the owner of the vehicle was the one driving.

Attorney Jason Weisser has filed 26 lawsuits throughout the state using similar arguments.

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