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Mo. Supreme Court decision allows red light camera ban to continue in St. Charles Co.

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Red light cameras will continue to be banned in St. Charles County after the Missouri Supreme Court rejected an appeal in a court case challenging the ban.

In 2014, the St. Louis County Council placed a charter amendment on the ballot to ban red light cameras county-wide and voters overwhelmingly approved it. St. Peters, O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis sued, claiming the ballot measure intruded on the cities' rights to govern their own affairs.

In January, an appeals court upheld the ban and this week the Missouri Supreme Court decided not to take up the case, leaving the previous decision in place. 

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann told News 4, "The county council, the county can't tell cities what to do but the voters of St. Charles County who live in those cities and also live in the unincorporated areas and would be subject to red light enforcement have the right to speak and they did. 72 percent of them said there's a better way to do this." 

John A. Young, of Hamilton Weber LLC which represented the cities that sued, released a statement that said in part, "Never before in the history of this state had a county sought to regulate traffic on city streets. Sadly, despite numerous statutes and court cases giving this regulatory control exclusively to the cities, the Supreme Court decided not to address the issue."

 Some drivers who support the ban said the red light cameras were more about money than safety.

"I think the ban should stay in place and should be statewide or countrywide. I think it's a chance for municipalities to grab money," said Bill Heath who lives in St. Peters.

Missouri Municipal League deputy director Richard Sheets said his organization is worried the case may open the door for counties to try to exert more influence over the affairs of their cities.


 

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