PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- A Florida town has agreed to refund drivers it ticketed for running red lights before it had the power to do so.
Pembroke Pines is setting aside about $41,000 to reimburse fines issued before July 1 when a state law gave cities authority to issue tickets to motorists caught by red-light cameras, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.
West Palm Beach attorney Jason Weisser had sued, saying the city lacked traffic enforcement power.
Assistant City Attorney Mike Cirullo said in a memo to commissioners that Pembroke Pines is admitting no "liability or wrongdoing," and the refunds are for "settlement purposes only."
The deal was negotiated by American Traffic Solutions, the city's co-defendant, which provides red-light cameras to many Florida cities.
The city gave out more than 3,000 tickets before last July 1.