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State Circuit Court Upholds Another Missouri Red-Light Camera Ordinanace

Kansas City's red-light camera ordinance, the forth Missouri red-light camera court case, complies with U.S. and Missouri Constitutions.

Jackson County, MO Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs decided Kansas City’s red-light safety camera ordinance fits with Missouri state law. 

The judge, who ruled on Thursday, also said the red-light camera ordinance has the needed protections under the Missouri and U.S. Constitutions, said a news release from American Traffic Solutions, Inc.

ATS provides the red-light camera technology in Arnold.

Young’s decision dismissed the class action lawsuit against Kansas City and the city’s red-light safety camera provider, American Traffic Solutions.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs said the city’s ordinance conflicted with state law and was unconstitutional.

Young’s decision marks the fourth loss of class-action lawsuits challenging cities’ red-light safety camera ordinances in Missouri.

Judge Youngs’ ruling is similar to rulings at the Missouri Court of Appeals’ that upheld the Creve Coeur red-light safety camera ordinance in 2011, the St. Louis County Circuit Court judges’ decisions on lawsuits against Creve Coeur and Florissant's red-light camera ordinances this year, and a federal judge's decision that said the City of Arnold's red-light camera ordinanace is legal and constitutional.

Read the other articles about the red-light camera issue:

Judge Strikes Red-Light Law in St. Louis

Wieland Wants Audit of Arnold's Red-Light Camera Ticket Payments

Fewer Red-Light Camera Tickets After MoDOT Lengthens Yellow Light Time at Astra Way

Computer Error Sends Red-Light Camera Ticket Letter to Some Residents

Class Action Lawsuits Against Missouri Red-Light Camera Cities

Think Twice before Buying Devices Claiming to Prevent Red Light Tickets

Brian June 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The bias in this Patch article is offensive. It seems to pretty much be a cut-and-paste from a press release sent out by American Traffic Solutions. Why would the author fail to mention the fact that Kansas City's own police department reported in January 2012 that accidents increased at their red light intersections after the introduction of the technology? Or that the police were forced to let ATS re-write this report for them so that the numbers could be skewed to their favor? Or why are they called safety cameras when they capture shocking videos of their own inability to stop red light running? Why was there no article released a few weeks ago when circuit court Judge Theresa Burke ruled in St. Louis that the red light cameras violate due process? Providing an objective view of this story would be a great courtesy to readers of the Patch.

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