Springfield Tables Red-Light Cameras Following St. Louis Judgment

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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ThomasandTracy Mathews
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The cameras (indirectly) block emergency vehicles -because cars stopped at a camera hesitate to get out of the way! Other sideeffects: Rearenders, local $$$ sent to Oz, AZ or Goldman-Sachs, where it won'tcome back, and tourists and shoppers driven away.

Worse, a false expectation of safety, because camerascan't stop the guys who cause the accidents, the real late runners. (If camerasworked, camera sellers wouldn't have the crash videos they supply to themedia.)

Want safety, no side effects?

To cut car/pedestrian accidents, train your kids (andyourself) not to step out just 'cuz the walk sign came on.

To cut nuisance running (a fraction of a second late),lengthen the yellows. It's cheap to do so can be done all over town.

The reason the dangerous real late (multiple seconds)runs can't be stopped by the mere presence of a camera is because the runnerwon't know (a tourist) or won't remember (a distracted or impaired"local") that there's a camera up ahead.  They're not doing iton purpose! To cut these real late runs, improve the visual cues that say,"Intersection ahead." Florida's DOT found that better pavementmarkings (paint!) cut running by up to 74%. Make the signal lights bigger, addbackboards, and put the poles on the NEAR side of the corner. Put brighterbulbs in the street lights at intersections. Put up lighted name signs for thecross streets.

Who needs cameras and their side effects?


If there's any uncertainty it's because red-light cameras are illegal and violate due process.  Plain and simple.  Take 'em down!

ThomasandTracy Mathews
ThomasandTracy Mathews

 Rule 37 applies to all ordinance violations in Missouri. That includes traffic, drivers license, license plates, insurance etc.

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