Former Sen. Lembke Optimistic About Red Light Camera Ban

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A former state lawmaker thinks a recent court ruling might finally help push Missouri to outlaw red light cameras.

Friday, St. Louis Associate Circuit Judge Michael Noble dismissed a woman’s $100 red light camera ticket, ruling that city ordinances conflict with state law. More specifically, convictions in St. Louis do not result in penalty points but state law requires points in moving violations.

Former Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, thinks the ruling may inspire new debate over red light cameras, something he says is long overdue.

“These aren’t about safety. These are about bringing in moneys to the coffers of these small municipalities and they’re just balancing their budgets on the backs of taxpayers,” Lembke says.

Supporters of red light cameras have said they are not about generating revenue but keeping people safe in intersections.

Lembke believes the dynamic of the state legislature has changed since his failed attempts to pass legislation outlawing red light cameras.

“I think that there may be opportunity, especially in light of this provision, that might give it some new energy,” he said.

Lembke received a red light camera ticket in early 2011 but argued at the time that he was not driving the vehicle, one of four he owned.

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