St. Louis police chief seek court action on red-light laws - KMOV.com

St. Louis police chief seek court action on red-light laws

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS -- The police chiefs in Missouri’s two largest cities are asking the state Supreme Court for guidance on red-light camera ordinances, which are increasingly being called into question.

 

St. Louis chief Sam Dotson and Kansas City chief Darryl Forte wrote to the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday, saying that inconsistent rulings from lower courts have led to confusion for police and municipalities that operate red-light cameras.

It wasn’t clear if or when the Supreme Court would take up the issue. A message left with a court spokeswoman on Friday was not returned.

Dozens of Missouri communities use the cameras. Police say they can save lives at dangerous intersections. Opponents question their constitutionality and contend the cameras are aimed at generating revenue, not public safety.

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