WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – The Wentzville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously not to renew the contract for red light cameras during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Those cameras, currently located at two intersections – the eastbound I-70 exit onto Pearce Blvd. and Meyer Rd. at the Wentzville Parkway – will be disconnected when the current contract with RedFlex expires in mid-2013.
The board vote went against the wishes and recommendations of Wentzville police chief Lisa Harrison, as well as mayor Paul Lambi.
“One of the biggest causes of property damage, death and injury (on the roadways) is intersection accidents,” Mayor Lambi told KMOX News. “If people think they can push that red light and get away with running it…that’s a bad thing. I think (red light cameras) provide a good, vital function.”
Lambi doesn’t deny the intense controversy that has long surrounded the red-light camera issue, and thinks that many of those who object to their use do so more out of a concern over privacy as opposed to public safety.
“I think (opponents) are just freaked out by the Big Brother aspect,” Lambi said. “But the last time I checked, I don’t think you’re guaranteed to privacy in public places and I don’t think the Constitution guarantees you the right to drive.”
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