UPLANDS PARK, Mo. (KMOV) – Several drivers have contacted News 4 about whether a camera mounted on an SUV to help police catch speeders is being used legally.
By law, an officer must operate the camera, but some drivers claim to have seen it in use with no officer in sight.
The camera sits on top of a Ford Explorer that is usually parked on the side of Natural Bridge. When the camera is in operation it has to be manned by an officer.
The vehicle was parked in the position it is used when in operation along Natural Bridge when News 4 crews drove by the area Monday afternoon. Then an officer entered the vehicle and drove off. The officer returns and re-parks the SUV in a different spot minutes later.
The chairman of Uplands Park, Henry Iwenofu, insists the camera was not turned on before the officer entered the SUV. Iwenofu also says it is the first time he has heard reports about the cameras being used unmanned.
The speed camera has been in operation since last fall and drivers who are issued tickets must pay a $100 fine.