Deadline day in St. Louis red-light camera ticket case

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 7:08 AM

(KMOV) – St. Louis officials and those against red-light camera tickets have until the end of Friday to file additional submissions in a case over the legality of the cameras.

Attorneys who represent two St. Louis women filed are asking a circuit judge uphold a previous ruling to stop the red-light camera tickets.

After the new submissions, the judge will determine whether the cameras are legal and if offenders need to pay their tickets.

The city says it earns $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.

Attorneys for the women in November said they want people to know there are currently no penalties for not paying up.

“I don’t pay mine, I feel comfortable not paying it, there’s never been any warrants issued and the courts have said the whole ordinance is void as a matter of law,” said Bevis Schock, attorney-at-law.

Attorneys on the other side said that’s simply not so. They argue the city’s ordinance is legal and keeps people safe.

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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