Bill to Ban Red-Light Cameras Crashes in Committee

Feb 26, 2009 at 8:56 am
Bill to Ban Red-Light Cameras Crashes in Committee
Derek Jensen
Legislators on Missouri's Senate Transportation Committee rejected yesterday a senate bill that would ban red-light cameras in the state.

Sen. Jim Lembke, a Republican representing parts of St. Louis city and county, first proposed the bill in January. Last week the bill got a speedy hearing before the transportation committee. Proponents of the ban, including Jesse Irwin with Missourians Against Red Light Cameras, questioned the constitutionality of the cameras and argued that they increase rear-end accidents by causing drivers to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket.

Opponents of the cameras -- including several police chiefs -- countered that the cameras improve public safety. The committee sided with the camera supporters, voting 8-2 to kill the ban.