Mo. Supreme Court to Look at Legality of Speed Cameras
ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – In what could be the first case of its kind to reach this level, the Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to look at the legality of using speed cameras.
The case began with a $124 ticket written to KMOX’s Charlie Brennan in 2012. Brennan clocked 56 mph in a 40 mph zone in Moline Acres when his car was caught by a camera.
Associate Circuit Judge Mary Bruntrager Schroeder dismissed the case in March 2013, saying that the city’s camera ordinance conflicted with state law.
Brennan’s case could affect the use of both speed and red light cameras. His case addresses whether municipal ordinances can turn a moving violation into a civil matter without adding points against a driver’s license.
According to state law, any ordinance that occurs while a vehicle is in motion must be assessed two points.
Brennan says he’s won this case twice already, in a lower court and an appeals court, and now the city of Moline Acres has appealed to the Supreme Court.
“The interesting aspect of this case is: all these municipalities have been issuing tickets, but not assessing points,” Brennan says.
Dozens of similar cases have been appealed to the Supreme Court, but Brennan says he doesn’t know why his was the one picked up.
“I doubt the Supreme Court has Charlie Brennan on its radar,” he says.
The controversial cameras are the focus of lawsuits and other challenges around the region. Municipalities and camera companies argue that the cameras improve safety, but opponents say that they are an illegal, unconstitutional money grab.
Just last night, the Creve Coeur City Council voted unanimously to repeal its red-light camera law.
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