Red Light Camera tickets suspended

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(KTVI) - Several police departments have stopped sending red light camera tickets after a Missouri appeals court ruling in early November 2013.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Ann, Northwoods, Calverton Park and Hazelwood suspended ticketing, for awhile.

This latest development in the red light camera saga has a history.

In 2011, a Missouri appeals court ruled that Creve Coeur, Missouri Police could issue citations to the owners of cars recorded running red lights -- even if someone else may have been driving.

In November 2013, that same court ruled that Ellisville, Missouri Police could not just send a ticket to the owner.  They had to start identifying the driver.

A few weeks later, several police departments announced no one will get tickets until all of this gets worked out.

American Traffic Solutions operates cameras for several cities and counties in the area.  Company lawyers told the Post they would take this issue to the Missouri Supreme Court.

This is really all about points.  Most violators may have to pay up, but most do not have to deal with points on their license.

Judges over this most recent case said state law required points be attached to the license of anyone caught running red lights.  Police had to give the points only to the violators.  If the owner wasn’t driving, officers had to figure out exactly who was behind the wheel at the time.

Again, this was temporary.  St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez told the Post the department is still collecting video so officers could issue tickets later.  Depending on what the courts said, those tickets might eventually come with both a fine and two points.

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