Appeals Court Rules Red Light Cameras Constitutional

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City of St. Louis calls Tuesday’s ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals of Eastern Missouri a win. The court ruled Tuesday the City of St. Louis red light safety camera program is constitutional. This ruling overturns Judge Mark Neil’s decision last year.

The court also said the City of St. Louis is allowed to regulate traffic safety and that is a proper function of the City’s police power.

In addition, the court acknowledged there is financial benefit to the cameras, but that does not decrease the benefits to public safety from the reduction of traffic accidents at those intersections.

The city reports an 80 percent reduction in citations from some of the earliest intersections where the cameras were installed.

Finally, the court stated there was a technical violation with some of the language on the city’s notice of violation, but that notice form was changed more than a year ago and is currently in compliance with the court’s ruling.