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Mo. Supreme Court Takes On KMOX Host Charlie Brennan's Traffic Camera Case

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The Missouri Supreme Court will hear KMOX host Charlie Brennan's case.
After rejecting several similar cases, the Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the legality of traffic cameras, specifically KMOX (1120 AM) radio host Charlie Brennan's case over his $124 ticket from a speed camera.

The court's verdict could have a statewide impact on laws for both speed cameras and red-light cameras, which are currently regulated by a patchwork of conflicting rules after years of legal and electoral challenges. Brennen's case could be the first camera case to reach the high courts, according to the Associated Press.

The Supreme Court announced its decision just as Creve Coeur and East St. Louis, Illinois, decided to suspend traffic camera programs after courts and officials decided their ordinances violate state law. The Creve Coeur City Council repealed its red light camera measure in an emergency vote Tuesday night, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and East St. Louis is suspending its speed camera program because the fine-collecting procedure is illegal.

See also: Can This Simple Letter Get You Out of Paying a Red-Light or Speeding Camera Ticket?

Moline Acres police issued Brennen, a morning talk show host, a ticket when a speed camera tracked him driving 56 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to the Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Mary Bruntrager Schroeder threw out the ticket because state law says drivers must be assigned points if they violate a law while in a moving vehicle. Schroeder cited a case from Creve Coeur, which just suspended its red-light-camera program, in her decision.

The Eastern District Court of Appeals agreed with Schroeder, so now the case moves up to the Supreme Court. If the Missouri Supreme Court rules that camera ordinances must issue points to drivers in order to meet state law, it could halt traffic and red-light-camera ordinances across the state, including in St. Louis city, where officials are holding red-light-camera fines in escrow pending court decisions.

The Supreme Court has already said it would not hear red-light-camera cases from Creve Coeur, Kansas City, Florissant, Ellisville or Arnold. The court doesn't have to explain why it takes or rejects a case.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Freedomwriter
Freedomwriter

The Missouri Supreme Court is a joke. They do not rule on the law. They rule on the winds of politicism and occasionally the winds of public opinion. Twisting interpretations into supporting whatever stupid ruling they make, even when it contradicts previous rulings. Heck sometimes contradicting themselves within a ruling.


This court, like most courts in the country now, are an extension of government. No longer protecting the people as they were created to do within the checks and balances system.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

I guess it would be too much to ask of charlie, the jack off that he is and all, to just obey the fucking rules of the road. Fuck him, I hope the next time he decides he should run a red light that he gets t-boned AND that there is a traffic camera to catch the moment. Stick a mic in the loudmouth fucks face after that moment ans see what comes out of his big ass mouth.

Kevin Prange
Kevin Prange

So nice of a journalist to be the center of a story. Wonder if this is enough of an ego stroke for Brennan.

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

So...i wonder if the companies that took the money will be forced to re-pay it...if he wins...which its looking like a good possibility..

Joey Zo
Joey Zo

the only thing those red light cams do for me, are exercise my middle fingers. i deuce bird them all the time if they are yellow when i drive pass.

jcwconsult
jcwconsult

If justice prevails (NOT always true with traffic law challenges), the Supreme Court will uphold Mr. Brennan's challenge and also rule red light cameras are not legal in Missouri.


Red light cameras are profitable ONLY when 1) the traffic lights are deliberately mis-engineered with yellow intervals too short for the ACTUAL approach speeds of traffic and/or 2) cameras ticket safe slow rolling right on red turns that federal research shows virtually never cause crashes.  Cameras should be banned by law in every state.


James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association

Charlie
Charlie

@jaco1175 so because you don't care for his radio show, he should not be able to use the same legal system you are also entitled to use in order to redress his grievances with the government, in this case, potential constitutional violations in terms of due process?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@jcwconsult Spoken like a true jackoff who doesn't want to drive right.

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