St. Louis County cities adopt uniform fine schedule - KMOV.com

St. Louis County cities adopt uniform fine schedule

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Major changes are coming to municipal courts around St. Louis County with the majority of them adopting a uniform fine schedule after months of scrutiny.

The St. Louis County Municipal Improvement Committee was formed in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown after it was made clear that some municipal courts were charging significantly higher fines for routine violation.

On Thursday the committee announced 80 of the 82 cities will adopt the new fee schedule.

A ticket for improper turning could cost $67 in the city of Jennings, but jump to $147 for the same offense in Florissant.

"You can see there's a wide variety of what people have to pay for routine violations. These are not ax murderers. These are speeding tickets," said Judge Frank Vatterott.

Most moving violations will now cost drivers $70.50 plus court costs. Non-moving violations will cost $50.50.

The cities of Wellston and Brentwood are the two cities not immediately participating in the new plan.

"I really was not aware of the situation, but once I talked to them, we definitely want to be a part of it," said Mayor Nathaniel Griffin of Wellston.

Both Wellston and Brentwood said they are interested in the uniform fines but must wait until new judges for the cities take their places.

The new fine schedules will become effective in the next one to three months.

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