SAINT LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The mayor of Ellisville wants to tear down all of the red-light cameras in the city. He says, “Cities aren’t supposed to milk the cow and cook the meat.”
Mayor Adam Paul believes that the court order against the American Traffic Solutions is a window of opportunity for the city to terminate the contract.
“As far as the peoples’ wishes, they aren’t a fan of Robocop,” says Paul. “And I have concerns with a camera giving you a ticket without guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Paul says that he believes that the city will be voting to remove the red light cameras. He adds that they are going to make sure that all of their ducks are in a row in order to assure an efficient termination.
“This just isn’t the city of Ellisville, it’s essentially all the cities who have red cameras, if they want, can appeal that case,” says Paul. “But we’re going to say ‘Hey, we are o.k. with it,’ because we’re just, we don’t want that image anymore.”
He says that once the court order becomes official, the council will proceed to take advantage before an appeal could be successful.
This will be one of the topics discussed at their next City Hall meeting. Paul believes that majority will agree with him.
“It’s more damaging to our PR than the low revenue that we’ve been generating from it,” says Paul.