Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Springfield Tables Red-Light Cameras Following St. Louis Judgment

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Red-light cameras in Springfield have been turned off for nearly two years following a March 2010 Missouri Supreme Court decision that found the city violated state law in the way it prosecuted people ticketed by the cameras.

After weeks of negotiations, Springfield officials were hoping to once again turn on the cameras after finding what they thought was a legal work-around the Supreme Court ruling.

But not so fast.

At a city council meeting yesterday, Springfield leaders decided to table indefinitely their revised camera ordinance, fearing that it might, too, violate state law after a judge this month ruled that St. Louis' red-light-camera ordinance violated state law and denied due process.

Lawyers representing St. Louis plan to appeal the case, which could bring the camera issue before the state Supreme Court once again. As the Springfield News-Leader reports this morning:
Springfield Attorney Dan Wichmer said he thinks the St. Louis court's decision was wrong but that it creates "somewhat of an uncertainty" for Springfield's plan, which includes "identical" procedures and legal language.
Springfield officials now plan to wait for the outcome of the St. Louis appeal before moving forward.

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