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Monday, July 30, 2012

St. Louis City Continues to Install Red Light Cameras, Despite Judge's Ruling

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 6:18 AM

A sign alerts drivers of new cameras at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.
  • A sign alerts drivers of new cameras at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.
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Six months after a judge officially declared the city's red-light camera ordinance void, St. Louis officials and the city's third-party camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions, are busy installing even more of the devices throughout the city.

Mayor Francis Slay's office confirms to Daily RFT that plans are in the works to install eleven new cameras at a half dozen additional intersections in the city. Some of those cameras, including two at the intersection of Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway, went up earlier this summer. Once all the new cameras are up, the city will have some 62 cameras monitoring 31 intersections.

The mayor's office defends its ability to add more cameras even though St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Mark Neill ruled in February that the city's ordinance is "void" without enabling legislation from state lawmakers, who have so far failed to address the issue in Jefferson City. Neill also found that the the language on the citation violated due process by not making it clear that a red-light runner could contest the ticket.

The city has since changed the wording on the citation and is appealing Neill's ruling that declared the ordinance void.

In an email response to Daily RFT the mayor's office stated:

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