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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The question over the legality of red light enforcement cameras in the City of St. Louis is headed for the Missouri Supreme Court.

Attorney Bevis Schock represents Sarah Tupper and Sandra Thurmond, who both have red light camera tickets from the city on cars they weren’t driving at the time.

“We are going to get the final say now from the Supreme Court and we’re very optimistic we’ll get a full and complete hearing” Schock told KMOX.

A ruling against the city would mean money in escrow would be returned to motorists. Shock doesn’t know how much money is in escrow. He expects a ruling around Christmas.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson welcomes Missouri’s Supreme Court taking up the Red Light Camera debate.

Chief Dotson believes the use of the cameras will be allowed. Dotson thinks the high court will however clarify the process that can be used in issuing citations.

He believes the red light enforcement cameras have been a deterrent.

“About 82 percent to 84 percent of the people who get the first ticket never get a second ticket, so we are changing behaviors,” Chief Dotson says.

Attorney Bevis Schock said this red light camera case is not to be confused with KMOX’s Charlie Brennan’s speed camera challenge before the Missouri Supreme Court. Schock says another brief will be filed with the court in Brennan’s case in a few days.

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