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Judge Upholds Ellisville's Red Light Camera Ordinance

The decision was the fifth time this year a Missouri judge has ruled the controversial cameras constitutional.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ellisville's red light cameras has been struck down by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Thea Sherry. 

Sherry moved to dismiss the case against the municipality and camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) on Oct. 30. It's not the first time controversial ordinances allowing the cameras have been targeted as Missouri judges have also struck down similar lawsuits in Creve Coeur, Kansas City, Florissant and Arnold. 

The lawsuits were filed by attorneys John Campbell and Ryan Keane with the Simon Law Firm, according to the Riverfront Times. They sought legal and monetary relief for citizens who had received a ticket from running a red light as a result of the cameras. 

ATS, the company that supplies Ellisville with the cameras, released a statement heralding the judge's decision

"At some point the attorneys bringing these frivolous lawsuits are going to realize that there is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow," said ATS General Counsel George Hittner.

Ellisville started using the devices in March of 2009 and by August of 2011 tickets from the cameras had already generated $1.2 million in revenue, half of which went to ATS.

The city's finance director, Don Cary, also told Patch that auto collisions at the intersections where cameras are installed had decreased by one third from March, 2009-August, 2011.

Jesda Gulati November 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM
http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/increase-accidents The city cares about revenue and nothing more, and ATS is a shady company that uses deception and legal tricks to sell its camera and collection services. It should be suspicious that it's the city's FINANCE DIRECTOR who is commenting on traffic safety. I fully intend to push a voter initiative to ban these dangerous, costly cameras from the county, if not the state.
Sensible? I think so November 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Costly? There's no cost to law-abiding citizens or the government. Dangerous? The NMA is as biased as ATS. There's a wealth of useful information at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/cameras/ including: Where a private contractor is responsible for the processing of citations, compensation based on the number of citations issued should be avoided. The city's finance director presented statistics. I'd love to see more statistics from more finance directors, or anyone else who has legitimate access to them. If a red light ticket is issued in error, appeal. The small possibility of error isn't reason enough to dismiss the whole thing in the first place. If my vehicle was stolen, I'd welcome timestamped pictures of it at local intersections. Even better if they capture an image of the driver. As a taxpayer, I encourage more effective and efficient ways to maintain public safety.
J November 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Patcher, thats why we use apps to avoid cameras and save money. Thats why we take other roads to avoid revenue generators. We make money to spend money , however not to give it away without constantly doing so.

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