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Slight Majority of Readers Okay With Red-Light Cameras Returning to St. Louis Intersections

November 27, 2019 Featured No Comments

In 2015 the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against three municipal traffic camera ordinances — in St. Louis, St. Peter’s, and Moline Acres. The latter two dealt with assessing points or not. St. Louis had been sending red-light tickets to the registered owner of the vehicles that went through a red light.

The court will allow red-light cameras that can take photos of the driver. It’s unclear to me how the city would know who the driver is from a photograph, or maybe they’d expect the owner to identify who was driving their car through a red light.

I’d love to see red-light cameras at Cole & 7th. Of course, if the signals on Cole were timed better perhaps so many people wouldn’t run this light.

Obviously we’re talking about more sophisticated equipment than what the city had before. I’m personally fine if the bulk of the revenue goes to the vendor — my goal would be to reduce people running red lights — this would be safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

One comment received was also correct — the timing on the city’s lights is so horrible people feel compelled to run lights to get anywhere. I’d like to see an independent audit of traffic lights & pedestrian signals.

More than half who voted in the recent Sunday Poll appear to support brining cameras back.

Q: Agree or disagree: Red-light cameras are unconstitutional, so they shouldn’t return to St. Louis

  • Strongly agree: 3 [10.71%]
  • Agree: 6 [21.43%]
  • Somewhat agree: 1 [3.57%]
  • Neither agree or disagree: 1 [3.57%]
  • Somewhat disagree: 1 [3.57%]
  • Disagree: 7 [25%]
  • Strongly disagree: 8 [28.57%]
  • Unsure/No Answer: 1 [3.57%]

Let’s get the signals fixed and bring back red-light cameras to dangerous intersections.

— Steve Patterson

 

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