By: Rachele Cermak
Minneapolis has dismissed the $142 citations given to those spotted by "Photocop". People with unpaid tickets now don't need to pay. And a settlement was offered to those who have paid the fine. The charge will be dropped, but money will not be refunded.
Now the question is that fair?
Marshall Tanick says NO. He's an attorney for several people pursuing a federal class action suit against the city.
"The city is trying to buy these people off by dangling in front of them the offer to remove the citation," he said. "What the city is proposing is very meager and insufficient."
Todd Scott, 43, of Minneapolis, a plaintiff in the federal case, said his van received a citation, not him, when it went through a red left-turn arrow. He said he was opposed to the program for two reasons. "The city took money from people based on an unconstitutional statute." And he said he wants the city to use "true policing" rather than video cameras to enforce the law, since he said he wasn't driving the vehicle but got a ticket because it is registered to him.
The program was discontinued in March 2006 when a judge decided it didn't fit with state stature. It was deemed unconstitutional in April 2007 by the Supreme Court. During the eight months of the program in 2005 about 25,000 citations were sent out. Only about 4,200 were dismissed.
City spokesman Matt Laible said the city gets $54 of the money paid for each ticket. The rest goes to Hennepin County. The courts must decide the issue of refunds, Laible said.