ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis Circuit Court has struck down St. Louis’ red light camera ordinance.

State Senator Jim Lembke is an opponent of red light cameras, feeling they violate the right to due process, laws against self incrimination and the right to face an accuser.

“I’m just glad the judge had the courage to rule on this very controversial issue in our state, in many years” said Sen. Lembke.

This effectually means the court finds the use of the cameras to be unlawful, and could potentially mean all those red light tickets are null and void.  The issue could still go to the supreme court.

Despite the recent ruling St. Louis City Counselor Pattie Hageman sent KMOX News this statement:

“Friday’s ruling has no impact on the current operation of the St. Louis City’s red light safety camera program. We had been waiting for a final judgment from the trial court so that we could appeal, and we now have that.
We believe Missouri law is clear that Missouri cities, including St. Louis, have the right to enact red light safety ordinances such as this one, and we look forward to bringing this case to the appellate courts.  We note also that a similar ordinance was upheld recently by the Missouri Supreme Court in Creve Coeur v Nottebok.”


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  1. Henry says:

    Red light cameras give a false sense of safety because even with a $500 fine (Calif.) the presence of a camera doesn’t stop the real late runs – because the runners don’t know (a lost tourist) or don’t remember (a distracted or impaired local), that there’s a camera up ahead. They’re not doing it on purpose!

    The real late runs cause the accidents. To stop them, improve the visual cues that say “signal ahead.” Florida’s DOT found that pavement paint cut runs by up to 74%. Make the signals bigger, add backboards, and put the poles on the NEAR side of the intersection. Put brighter bulbs in the street lights at signals. Add lighted name signs for the cross streets.

    Even if you have cameras, do the cues. They’re cheap to do citywide, unlike cameras which are expensive, can’t stop real late runs, increase rearenders, drive shoppers away, and send local money to Oz, AZ or NYC, never to return.

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