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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Those dreaded red light cameras; just about everybody dislikes them, including the Pinellas clerk of the circuit court.

Ken Burke sent a no nonsense letter to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster asking for a moratorium on issuing violations because of a flaw in the statute.

See the full letter and list of objections against the cameras here

Burke's office manager, Marie Wilson, says knowledge of the citation and the cost isn't always clear. "The problem is the state statute requires a certain time frame for the violation, and once that time frame expires, it goes to uniform traffic citation," she says.

Burke listed 11 reasons why the law is ill-conceived, but here are the four biggies:

1. The driver does not receive the citation at the time of the incident.

2. The driver does not have to acknowledge driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

3. The fine on the notice of violation is $158. If not paid within 30 days, the city no longer accepts payment.

4. Once the fine become a uniform traffic citation, the penalty jumps to $264.

Councilman Karl Nurse understands the hassle and says with the legislature going into session a solution could be painless.

"If we move quickly in the next ten days, work out the mechanics and get something drafted, you could have a piece of legislation drafted in a couple weeks," says Nurse.

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