Judge rules against St. Peters on red light cameras

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ST.CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Supporters of a countywide red light camera ban in St. Charles County celebrated a victory Monday. Missouri’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court upheld the ban.

The cities of St. Peters, O’Fallon and Lake St. Louis filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.  Their basic argument was St. Charles County exceeded its authority when it told cities they could not have the cameras.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, an attorney for the plaintiffs said the issue wasn’t really about the cameras.  It was about how much authority the county has over a city.

“The power belongs to the people,” said St. Charles County resident Brenda Webb.  She was part of the group pushing for the ban.  Webb was extremely pleased to hear the court upheld the ban, and said the will of the voters should stand.

“Government needs to realize that that is what our country is based on,” said Webb.

St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil did not believe the lawsuit would be successful.

“We were on the right side of the law on this one for sure,” said Brazil.  “We have the right to change the constitution anytime by a vote of the people, and this is what we did.”

Earlier this year the Missouri Supreme Court struck down several red light camera ordinances, but did not outlaw red light cameras.  This latest ruling means there will be no red light cameras in St. Charles County unless there is an appeal.  There was no comment Monday from the group fighting the ban, and no word whether an appeal is in the works.