New Mexico’s High Court to Decide 2 Red-Light Camera Cases

January 24, 2012

The decision last month by city officials in Albuquerque, N.M., to do away with the city’s red-light camera program didn’t bar the city from reviving the program at some point.

But the Albuquerque Journal reports that a pair of cases before the state Supreme Court might ensure the program never comes back.

The cases also could shape the legal parameters under which similar systems are permissible elsewhere in New Mexico.

Rio Rancho, Las Cruces and Santa Fe have camera programs.

The state Court of Appeals has narrowly upheld Albuquerque’s camera system.

In the first case, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in November and could issue a decision anytime.

The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in the other case on Jan. 31.

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