East St. Louis suspends radar ticket program

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) - The Mayor of East St. Louis said his radar ticket program in the construction zones and around the city is suspended right now -- but not for long. He said the city could get the speeding enforcement back on track in days. He and his deputies are meeting with the State Attorney and the county on Wednesday.

Last week, State Attorney Brendan Kelly told us the tickets were illegal because there was no process for people to go to court and argue their case in front of a judge. He said people shouldn't pay the tickets.

Terrell Thompson saw our report and went down to City Hall the next day to talk to a clerk.

"I asked him, 'is there a way I can fight the ticket and see a judge?'..and he said no," Thompson said.

Thompson got a ticket in April for going 10 miles over the speed limit.

He said he emailed the state attorney after his trip to city hall to ask about the legality of the ticket.

"He sent an email back saying, 'don't pay it, it's not legal,'" Thompson said.

We were at City Hall last week when the police chief dismissed several tickets.

"I thought if he dismissed them, he can dismiss mine," Vicki Walterman said.

She said the clerk told her that wasn't going to happen. She'd have to pay it.

Walterman wants to fight her ticket. She said she was going above the speed limit to keep up with traffic.

"The car behind me was so close. I was afraid they would hit me," she said.

We went to East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks to get some answers. He said there was no place to contest tickets right now but he was sure the city and county would work out an agreement to work out the legalities.

"Nothing is wrong with the way the tickets were issued. What we have to figure out is the legality of how to collect it,"he said.

He believes that could happen this week.

He understands the ticket issue is confusing people. He's telling people to wait for the city and county to work out the legalities before they pay their tickets


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