Traffic cameras lawful, Tenn. judge rules

Two cities would have had to pay back millions in traffic camera fines

By Joan Garrett
Chattanooga Times Free Press

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. — A judge dismissed two lawsuits Wednesday that could have forced the cities of Chattanooga and Red Bank to pay back millions in traffic camera fines.

"The Tennessee Legislature has granted its municipalities broad authority, in the form of police power, to regulate traffic," Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown wrote in a 12-page ruling. "A municipality has the primary responsibility for enforcing traffic regulations within their city limits as it deems proper."

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