THE BATTLE OVER PHOTO RED TICKETS IS HEADING BACK
TO COURT AND THIS TIME ...COULD COST SPOKANE MORE
THAN 2 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE CITY IS NAMED IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT THAT CLAIMS
DRIVERS NEVER GOT REFUNDS ON CITATIONS THAT A JUDGE
RULED WERE ILLEGAL.
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT
WITH A LOOK AT WHO'S ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE SUIT THAT
CLAIMS THE CITY HAS SHORT-CHANGED ITS OWN CITIZENS.
11;03 THIS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT DOES NOT AFFECT PEOPLE
WHO RECENTLY GOT A PHOTO RED TICKET, BUT IF YOU RECEIVED
A CITATION BETWEEN 2008 AND 2011, A LOCAL LAW FIRM
THINKS THE CITY OF SPOKANE OWES YOU SOME MONEY.
SPOKANE STARTED UP IT'S PHOTO RED PROGRAM FIVE YEARS
AGO IN THE HOPES OF REDUCING THE NUMBER OF CRASHES
AT SOME OF OUR BUSIEST INTERSECTIONS.
EACH RED LIGHT RUNNING EPISODE IS CAUGHT ON CAMERA
AND ONLY AFTER POLICE VIEW THE RECORDING CAN A TICKET
CAN BE ISSUED.
HOWEVER AT THE TIME, THE OFFICER'S ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE
WAS BEING PRINTED ON THE CITATION AT AN OUT OF STATE
PHOTO RED VENDOR.
DEAN CHUANG/ CRARY, CLARK & DOMANICO 01;26 what we
found out was these tickets were not actually signed
in the state of washington, they were signed in the
state of arizona, however the certification said it
was signed in washington when it really wasn't 01;35
WHEN A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HEARD THE PHOTO RED TICKETS
WERE GETTING SIGNED OUT OF STATE HE DECLARED ABOUT
18,000 OF THEM INVALID.
HOWEVER THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THE CITY OF SPOKANE NEVER
REFUNDED ANY OF THOSE 124 DOLLAR CITATIONS THAT HAD
BEEN TOSSED OUT OF COURT.
DEAN 02;25 it gives us concern, i don't know what
a citizen has to do.
i think it's pretty clear they were in the wrong and
should make amends and take steps to remedy that
but it hasn't happened 02;36
SO NOW THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IS DEMANDING THE CITY
REFUND THE INVALID TICKETS WITH INTEREST AND TAKE
OTHER DRIVERS WHO DIDN'T PAY, OUT OF THE COLLECTION
DEAN05;24 you know the city holds citizens accountable
for not following the rules when the city doesn't
follow the rules i think they should be held accountable
11;42 IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED
AN INVALID TICKET YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW.
IF YOUR CLASS ACTION SUIT IS CERTIFIED BY THE COURT
YOUR ATTORNEYS WILL CONTACT YOU THROUGH THE MAIL AT
THE ADDRESS LISTED ON YOUR CITATION.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.