Missouri Supreme Court Takes On St. Louis City Red-Light-Camera Case

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Sorry, St. Louis, but these probably aren't going away anytime soon.
After rejecting seven other red-light-camera cases, the Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to take the case against St. Louis and decide once and for all how the city should run its traffic-camera program.

The court isn't likely to eliminate the city's red light camera program, like a circuit court judge tried to do in February. Rather, the city expects the high court to clarify the state's muddled approach to the cameras.


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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.


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Red-Light-Camera Ban in St. Charles County May Be Up to Voters

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Red-light-camera ban: How would you vote?
If a vote in the St. Charles County Council chambers goes the way it's expected to tonight, residents will get to decide for themselves whether to ban red-light cameras in the county.

While only one St. Charles County city, St. Peters, uses the controversial cameras, Councilman Joe Brazil is proposing to change the county charter and ban red-light cameras, if voters approve.


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Mo. Supreme Court Won't Take Up Red Light Cameras; Most Laws Remain Invalid

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Updated with response from camera vendor American Traffic Solutions.

For years those both in opposition and in favor or red light cameras have complained that the fate of the controversial devices won't be decided until the Missouri Supreme Court weighs in on the matter. Yesterday that wait grew indefinitely longer when the state's highest court denied taking up appellate rulings dealing with the legality of cameras in Creve Coeur, Kansas City and Florissant.

But the courts inaction could be seen as a win for those who've grown to despise the cameras.

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Red-Light Cameras Are Back On in St. Louis, With One Small Twist

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A red-light camera catches a crash in St. Louis City.
St. Louis City is turning its red-light cameras back on after a judge suspended -- or delayed -- his decision that the program is invalid.

There's one small change: Because the final decision on traffic cameras in Missouri will probably be up to the state Supreme Court, the city is collecting fines from new red-light tickets in an escrow account. If the higher court rules against the cameras, everyone will get that money back.


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Judge Stops Red Light Camera Enforcement in St. Louis City

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No more red-light cameras for St. Louis! For now, at least...
St. Louis City must stop using cameras to ticket drivers for running red lights, a judge ruled Tuesday.

An injunction granted by Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer says the city must stop sending tickets or processing fines for red-light camera violations.

In other words: A judge says St. Louis can't make you pay your red light camera tickets, for now.


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Red Light Cameras Capture St. Louis' Worst Car Crashes of 2013: Video

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A new video shows collisions captured by red light cameras.
Every year, the folks behind Missouri's red light cameras, release a mesmerizing video of the worst crashes or near-collisions captured on red light cameras.


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

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With red-light cameras under so much fire, maybe now's a good time to try and fight those tickets.

Daily RFT is not giving legal advice, but recent events, such as the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruling against the use of red-light cameras in Arnold, is further indication that these cameras are not on firm legal footing. So when a blog about how a Virginia man wrote a letter to dispute his camera ticket that resulted in his fine being dismissed crossed our desk, we were curious.

The letter, which was posted on CopBlock.org, said this:


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Court Rules Arnold's Red-Light Camera Ordinance Unconstitutional

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The Missouri Court of Appeals came down hard yesterday on Arnold's red-light camera ordinance, ruling it violates the state's constitution.

Like the many similar ordinances in Missouri, Arnold's arraignment with the Arizona-based Automated Traffic Solutions, Inc. relies on photos taken of vehicles driving through red lights. The photos, however, don't identity the actual driver, only the vehicle's owner.

Ryan Keane, who argued the case for the appellants with The Simon Law Firm, tells Daily RFT that Arnold's ordinance effectively "shifted the burden of proof" onto the vehicle's owner to prove that he or she wasn't the driver who ran the red light.

The court found this unconstitutional, writing in its decision that: "This would infringe upon a fundamental canon and procedure of this country's and this state's criminal justice system: an accused is deemed innocent until proven guilty."

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St. Louis City Counselor: Don't Like Red Light Cameras? Don't Drive.

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Don't like stopping at red lights? Please don't drive, says St. Louis' city counselor.
The Missouri Court of Appeals struck down a red-light-camera ordinance in St. Louis County this week, leading St. Louis City residents to wonder what it means for them.

Patricia Hageman, the city's counselor, summed it up in a tweet as impressive for its brevity as it is for its snark:


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