Class action lawsuit against New York City over fraudulent red light camera tickets

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By: Aarav Sen 

(Scroll down for video) A class action lawsuit is ready to be filed against New York City, after several drivers received fraudulent red light camera tickets, according to press reports.

The city's red light camera program is nothing short of a highway robbery, according to the lawsuit.

Three drivers, who were slapped with $50 tickets for passing a red light, are filing the class action lawsuit against the city, arguing that they realized that the yellow lights were shorter than mandated by law.

Drivers want the city to reimburse each fine imposed fraudulently, attorney Joseph Santoli said.

The lawsuit will be filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, he said.

"We want the red light camera program completely shut down," Santoli said about the cameras, which are responsible for over 6 million tickets since 1998.

Many drivers never should have been fined because some intersections with cameras have yellow lights that last less than three seconds, which is required under federal guidelines, according to the lawsuit.

The suit cites a study by the AAA, which found four traffic lights with yellow lights lasting only from 2.53 to 2.84 seconds.

New York City denied the allegations.

Richard Marks, one of the plaintiffs, alleges that he had to hit the brakes to avoid going through a red light when a yellow light changed very quickly.

He still got a ticket because his car was a foot inside the intersection.