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Judge Dismisses Arnold Red-Light Camera Suit

While an appeal may be in the works, Arnold's city administrator said the latest ruling "proves what we've been saying the whole time," that the ordinance was written properly.

A lawsuit claiming the use of red-light cameras in Arnold is unconstitutional was dismissed in Jefferson County court last week.

Circuit Court Judge Mark Stoll ruled in favor of a request from the City of Arnold and its red-light camera operator, American Traffic Solution, to reject the plaintiff Jeff Brunner's claim that red-light ordinances conflict with state law, according to a release from American Traffic Solutions.

The plaintiffs, being represented by Simon Law Firm, were ordered to pay defendants’ legal costs.

The ruling certainly suits the city.

"It proves what we've been saying the whole time, that it was written properly. It's been defended three times now," City Administrator Robert Shockey said.

Red-light camera suits through the firm have been dismissed in Creve Coeur and Florissant. A Jackson County judge in Kansas City in June.

An appeal may already be in the works, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A lawyer with Simon Law Firm told the newspaper they plan to appeal this case in addition to the three other dismissals.

Arnold was the first city in the state to install red-light cameras. Missouri Department of Transportation data showed after installation, according to a previous Patch report.

However, Shockey said red light tickets are back down.

"People are paying more attention. It's saving lives," he said.

The Arnold City Council passed an ordinance in July to use for the city’s safety programs. Shockey said he expected $50,000 in revenue from red-light violations this fiscal year.

 

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Brian September 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Shockey seems to be confused here. It was the proper engineering of the intersections, specifically MODOT setting appropriate yellow light durations, that has led us to the decrease in violations. When the cameras were alone, there were only increases in violations and accidents. Thus the cameras are actually making it more dangerous to drive through the city and DECREASING the safety of the public! And if it is saving lives, then employing the use of the technology is a no-brainer. Yet municipalities across the country are ridding themselves of red light cameras on a daily basis. They can see that the driving public is no safer - that companies like American Traffic Solutions are seeking profits above all else. Much like the city of Arnold, where a line item in the budget is given a greater prority than the safety of our families.
DaProfit Muhummus September 11, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Judges and law enforcement no longer protect and defend what is best for the people. The corporate dollar is the new king. Don't worry though. Soon there will be a flood of people who can no longer afford to feed their families and the long awaited second revolution this country has needed for almost 100 years will spark. When the people achieve victory, corporate greed, and the treacherous government and law enforcement leaders who betrayed the people will be destroyed and the will of the people restored.
DaProfit Muhummus September 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
P.S. In the meantime photomaskcover, ghost plate and a few other clever manufacturers make great products that prevent these unconstitutional cameras from violating your privacy.
Brian September 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
At least some people are dedicating their work to engineering a safer intersection and not hiding behind the illusion of safety to enhance profits. http://phys.org/news/2012-09-length-yellow-caution-traffic-accidents.html

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