Judge reinstates St. Louis red-light camera program

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 7:41 PM

(KMOV.com) – A St. Louis circuit judge on Friday reinstated the city’s red-light camera program, days after it was ruled the city could longer enforce those type of tickets.

St. Louis police confirmed the new developments to News 4. In his decision, Circuit Court Judge Steve Ohmer issued a stay, reinstating the program until the city of St. Louis' appeal is heard.

The latest development comes just three days after St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer ruled the city could no longer ask alleged violators to pay their tickets and collection letters could no longer be sent for red-light camera tickets.

The city said it had earned $22,000 a day from the cameras, a third of which goes to American Traffic Solutions. In 2013, the city says $6 million were collected in fines.

Red-light cameras were first installed in St. Louis in 2007 and in early 2013 were deemed legal by the courts.

The cameras have been a source of controversy for several municipalities in the St. Louis area, with appeals and reverses in St. Louis, Ellisville, Creve Coeur and St. Peters, among others.

According to the Missouri Municipal League, more than 30 cities in the state have ordinances tied to red-light cameras.

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