A St. Louis County judge this week upheld Creve Coeur's red-light camera system, dismissing a class-action suit challenging the legality of the cameras.
Attorneys Ryan Keane and John Campbell with the Simon Law Firm filed the suit last year
on behalf of four people who'd received tickets from the cameras. The lawsuit alleged that the way Creve Coeur handled the tickets was unconstitutional in trampling due process and violating laws prohibiting self-incrimination. The suit also claimed that Creve Coeur and camera-vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) unjustly enriched themselves by collecting money for the tickets and further alleged that the defendants committed civil conspiracy.
Not so, ruled Judge David Vincent. In his 23-page ruling
, Vincent dismissed all claims against Creve Coeur, noting that the city offers appropriate due process through its municipal court. Vincent dismissed the cases with prejudice, meaning that none of the plaintiffs can sue the city again on similar claims.