Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke says he sees flaws in the current system of red-light traffic cameras.

The flaws are so big, he says, cities should stop issuing tickets based on them until the problems are fixed.

Burke's office processes thousands of citations from the cameras.

Burke told Bay News 9's partner newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, the vehicle's owner receives the ticket and that may not be the driver.

He said there is no way to challenge the ticket until after the fine increases.

Burke sent letters to mayors and city leaders of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Gulfport, Kenneth City, Oldsmar, and South Pasadena saying the current law creates an unfair process for citizens.

In addition to the confusion between vehicle drivers and owners, he also cites the way fines increase and the way drivers receive the tickets.

Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank said she shares Burke's concerns.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster declined to comment until he talks to Burke.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos who voted against the program and said he isn't sure whether the city has the power to stop issuing tickets without breaking its contract with the vendor.

Burke said he also sent letters to seven counties and the Florida League of Cities, which lobbied for the law in 2010.

The Hillsborough traffic department said clerks processed 30,200 citations in the past year from the County and the cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace, drastically increasing their workload.

St. Petersburg's 22 cameras caught 36,185 drivers running red lights between November 2011 and October.

Burke expects some council or commission members to raise the issue in upcoming meetings.