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A New Bill to Deal with Red Light Cameras

Ashley Hartman, KMOX Capitol Bureau
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 JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – If you’ve ever gotten a ticket because of a short yellow light, the House has come to your rescue.

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to establish a minimum interval time for yellow lights.

Republican Representative Rick Stream said the bill would impose standards for the length of time for the yellow light depending on traffic.

“Once the red light cameras were installed several years ago, several municipalities around the state shortened the length of time for the yellow lights so that they could get more offenders actually going through the red lights.”  “This legislation will ensure that municipalities are held up to a state standard that ensures safety for all Missouri drivers across the state.”

St. Louis City Democratic Representative Margo McNeil contends the bill would not make a huge difference and is costly to the state.

But, Stream said after the city of Arnold implemented this formula for their yellow light timings, there was a ninety percent reduction in red light tickets.

The bill now goes back to the Senate to review the House changes.

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