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Appeals Court Upholds Local Red Light Camera Fines

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ST. LOUIS (AP) A Missouri appeals court has upheld an ordinance in a suburban St. Louis city that imposes a $100 fine when cameras catch vehicles running red lights.

The Eastern District appeals court on Tuesday rejected an argument that the Creve Coeur ordinance violates due process rights by ticketing a vehicle’s owner without knowing if the owner was driving when the vehicle ran a red light.

The appeals panel said the city’s traffic-camera ordinance is similar to a parking ticket in that it is a civil penalty not a criminal violation. The court said such tickets can be issued to the vehicle owner without regard to who was driving the vehicle.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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