East St. Louis stops using speed, red-light cameras - for now

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 4:46 PM

(KMOV.com) – East St. Louis is no longer enforcing traffic violations caught on red light or speeding cameras.

The city said in a news release Wednesday it will stop using the cameras to catch those violating traffic laws until further notice. East St. Louis officials said those who received tickets because of the cameras can tear them up.

East St. Louis police had been issuing tickets to motorists with handheld speed cameras, but Illinois State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said violators did not have to pay the fines because they were being collected in a way that violated Illinois law.

The city said it hopes it can start using such cameras again soon. Both East St. Louis and St. Clair County authorities told News 4 they believe the city has the right to enforce traffic laws with cameras.

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