Red-light camera controversy in Creve Coeur continues

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CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) - A Missouri appeals court restricted the use of red light cameras in Ellisville, Missouri, contradicting a ruling handed down in a Creve Coeur case.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the court ruled that Ellisville police cannot issue tickets to the owners of any cars recorded violating red lights.  They must issue them to the driver.  But in 2011, in what is known as the Nottebrok Case, that same court ruled that Creve Coeur police could send tickets to the vehicle owners -- regardless if someone else was at the wheel when the violation occurred.

The three-judge panel addressed this contradiction.  They overruled the Nottebrok case, even saying the law that was upheld in Creve Coeur is “no longer good law”.

Wednesday, Creve Coeur Police Chief Glenn Eidman issued this statement:  "The City of Creve Coeur has striven to achieve our public safety goals without imposing point violations on drivers,” he continued.  “The city is currently reviewing its alternative courses of action in light of this new opinion, which is not yet a final decision."

Lawyers for Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, which operates the Ellisville cameras, plan to appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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  • James Foley

    These scameras are unconstitutional. They are not and have never been about safety. At best they change the type of intersectional accidents that occur, while increasing the number. They are about the cash! Never thought I’d see the day when so many Americans are willing to roll over for government tyranny at so many levels in the name of some very questionable promise of enhanced safety or security or health insurance. At last, a judge who seems to get it. To heck with ATS.

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