EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - The controversial use of “speed cameras” to dispense traffic tickets in East St. Louis, Illinois has been put on hold, and some three thousand people who have received the citations in the mail are now being told not to pay them.
The move comes after St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly determined that the system in which people can appeal the tickets is illegal.
Kelly says the police were doing nothing wrong in the way they were using the cameras, but he says appeals have to go through the court system. The East St. Louis tickets were being handled by a city board which is not sanctioned.
“It’s a no win,” St. Louis resident Ron Klinger said of the system, thorough which he was ticketed. Klinger is in a state of limbo now. He paid his $240 ticket, and clearly wishes he had not.
“This is not right. East St. Louis needs to belly up to the bar here and get this resolved right. Even if I don’t get my money back, which would be great, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to the next person.”
It’s unclear what will happen to the money of those who paid. Kelly says attorneys are “in discussion” regarding those issues, but he doesn’t rule out the possibility that those who paid will end up in court trying to get their money back.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks was unavailable for comment on this story, but, via text, he did not dispute Kelly’s version of the facts.
The cameras could return if officials find a way to enforce the fines within the traditional court system. Until that happens, officials with St. Clair County say you can follow Ron Klinger’s advice:
“Beware,” he said. “If you get this ticket in the mail from East St. Louis. Shred it up. Tear it up. Act like it never came to you.”