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Court Upholds St. Louis Red Light Camera Law

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A Missouri state appeals court upheld St. Louis’ Red Light Camera law Tuesday reversing a Circuit Court Judge’s ruling that the city lacks authority to enact such an ordinance.

The ruling which was made in February 2012 also stated that the red light camera law violated a ticketed driver’s right to a due process, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to face an accuser.

Read the court documents HERE.

The ruling means that anyone issued a ticket for running a red light, since the inception of the law, will either have to pay up or get a court hearing to contest their ticket.
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Attorney Jane Dueker who represents American Traffic Solutions, the company that installed red light cameras in St. Louis and other Missouri municipalities, says those red light cameras should now just be considered a regular part of traffic enforcement.

Meanwhile, reliable sources tell KMOX News there are some 138,000 people with red light camera citations from the City of St. Louis, who haven’t paid.

Attorney Michael Garvin with the City Counselor’s Office says there is currently no talk of amnesty or leniency for those people. He says there are still a lot of questions that have to be answered.

“There are currently no late fees, things like late fees or enhanced penalties could occur but it would require a change of policy” said Attorney Garvin.

With the favorable ruling the city avoided having to pay back those who already paid their fine. Garvin says that would have meant the city having to pay back more than ten million dollars.

St. Louis’ red light camera law was passed in 2005. It authorized the installation and use of red light cameras at dangerous intersections to detect and prosecute violations of existing City traffic ordinances.

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