Red Light Camera tickets suspended

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(KTVI) - Several police departments have stopped sending red-light camera tickets after a Missouri appeals court ruling in early November 2013.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Ann, Northwoods, Calverton Park and Hazelwood suspended ticketing, for awhile.

This latest development in the red-light camera saga has a history.

In 2011, a Missouri appeals court ruled that Creve Coeur, Missouri Police could issue citations to the owners of cars recorded running red lights -- even if someone else may have been driving.

In November 2013, that same court ruled that Ellisville, Missouri Police could not just send a ticket to the owner.  They had to start identifying the driver.

A few weeks later, several police departments announced no one will get tickets until all of this gets worked out.

American Traffic Solutions operates cameras for several cities and counties in the area.  Company lawyers told the Post they would take this issue to the Missouri Supreme Court.

This is really all about points.  Most violators may have to pay up.  But, most do not have to deal with points on their license.

Judges over this most recent case said state law required points be attached to the license of anyone caught running red lights.  But, police had to give the points only to the violators.  If the owner wasn’t driving, officers had to figure out exactly who was behind the wheel at the time.

Again, this was temporary.  St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez told the Post the department is still collecting video so officers could issue tickets later.  Depending on what the courts said, those tickets might eventually come with both a fine and two points.

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  • Cit Riverview

    I wonder what the limit of time before they can’t pursue the tickets? This is not Murder so their is a time limit.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      You’re right – there IS a limit. Should be three years for misdemeanors and traffic violations. That’s assuming we have real justice, of course. Because we DON’T, and it’s all about money, something tells me that won’t matter.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    It’s never been about the points OR safety for these cities – it’s just about the money, so they can collect more money from people who run the first .01 sec of a red light and collect enough to give another tax break to the wealthy. Notice to City of St. Louis: You ain’t NEVER going to collect that $100 from me! Jointly owned car? Who was driving? Never prove it in a million years!

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Oh, and American Traffic Solutions (aptly named) taking this to the Supreme Court? Why of COURSE! a) they have lots of money – OUR money, and b) there is a LOT of money at stake for them! In fact, the only money their otherwise useless company makes. They MAY win, though – after all, there is a LOT of money involved. And it IS America.

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