Missouri gives green light to red light camera policy
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(KMOV)-- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission adopted a policy Wednesday to help ensure cameras used to ticket red-light runners are used fairly and consistently.
Authorities say that after reports of inconsistencies, MoDOT suspended the installation of any new cameras while it reviewed how they were being used in October.
MoDOT director Kevin Keith states that the new policy provides better guidance on how the cameras can be used and more oversight to make sure the cameras are used to increase safety and prevent injuries and death.
According to MoDOT, the new policy, taking effect immediately, includes conditions for installation and calls for greater oversight:
· Only a certified law enforcement officer can determine violations;
· Before they can issue citations, local entities must conduct a public awareness campaign;
· Signs must be posted in advance noting cameras are monitoring the intersection; and
· Cities and counties must submit an annual report providing safety and citation data.
The policy also addresses cameras used to catch speeders. Authorities say that under the guidelines, automated speed enforcement cameras can only be used on state highways in school, work and Travel Safe zones.
MoDOT says it will work with local municipalities that have existing cameras to bring them into compliance.
MoDOT traffic studies show there is a 45 percent reduction in right angle crashes causing fatalities and serious injuries at intersections using red-light cameras. However, there is a slight -14 percent - increase in collisions causing no injuries or only minor injuries. Research also shows fewer people run red lights at both monitored and non-monitored intersections in areas with cameras.
MoDOT said that they receive none of the revenue generated from red-light and automated speed enforcement violations. In addition, the department does not own or operate the cameras and has no part in deciding which company is chosen to install the automated enforcement.