Red Light Cameras

Are red light camera pictures admissible at trial without an authenticating witness? At least one California court says no. You can read the opinion here.

A few times a week I talk with someone who was injured when the other driver ran a red light. (I literally just hung up 10 minutes ago with a motorcyclist from Michigan who was injured driving through Maryland.) The reality is that while no one wants to get a ticket from a cowardly, faceless camera, red light cameras save lives and decrease the number of serious injury and fatal car accidents in Maryland.

I don’t think a Maryland court would rule the same way. I also think the California legislature should draft an evidentiary rule to solve this problem.