Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Red-Light Cameras in Florissant

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) — The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday handed another victory over to red-light camera advocates, in a case out of Florissant.

The lawsuit involves three plaintiffs who received tickets from red-light cameras. Last year a St. Louis County Circuit Judge upheld the city’s ordinance, which allows the city to ticket cars caught by the cameras for running red lights.

The state’s appeals court upheld that same ruling Tuesday.

Attorney Jane Dueker, who represents American Traffic Solutions, the company which owns and operates red-light cameras, says a majority of judges agreed that the cameras are legal, unless the plaintiffs can prove they are up purely as a way to gain extra revenue.

“If there is any safety benefit at all, then the ordinance is upheld,” said Dueker.

One judge, Lawrence Mooney, issued a dissenting opinion at the ruling citing a familiar reason.

“The presumption that owners drive their cars has long been upheld in the state of Missouri, but Judge Mooney would like the Supreme Court to revisit all that law,” said Dueker.

Meantime, Dueker says she is waiting to see if the Missouri Supreme Court will take up a case involving the city’s red light cameras.

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