(KMOV) – The Ellisville City Council on Wednesday night voted to stop using red-light cameras.
Adam Paul, the mayor of Ellisville, said that residents support the move, despite citing the camera’s had improved safety.
American Traffic Solutions, the company that monitors the cameras, reported a 44-percent reduction in accidents at the three intersections where cameras were installed in the city.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, former mayor and current councilman Matt Pirrello said he wanted to wait for courts to decide how to handle the cameras. He stated “There is absolutely no reason to take any action at this time”.
Pirrello said his opinion is based on safety, not money. He noted that Ellisville has made $200,000 each year since the cameras were installed in 2009.
Mayor Paul says the cameras have not been used since a Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District panel ruled in November that Ellisville’s red-light ordinance conflicted with state statutes governing moving violations and assessing points against drivers.