Mo. Supreme Court takes up red light tickets

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The Missouri Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will review the city of St. Louis' red light camera program.

This comes after St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson and Kansas City chief Darryl Fortecalled on the Supreme Court to take up the issue, citing conflicting rulings from lower courts.

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The controversial tickets were temporarily halted back in February after a St. Louis Circuit Court judge said the program was illegal – but it as reinstated three days later.

St. Louis has collected more than $32 million from red light tickets since 2008, according to city officials. While courts mull over the legality of the tickets, the money gathered from them has gone into an escrow account.

Two drivers are fighting red light tickets claiming someone else was driving their cars when they were ticketed. Their attorneys want the state's highest court to shut down the cameras.

But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson expects the court will simply rule on how to enforce the cameras. He says the stats show the cameras are making intersections safer. And, he says they free up officers to focus on more serious crimes.

There's no word yet on a timeline for when the Supreme Court will make a decision.


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