We are obtaining the actual court opinion. However, it appears that The 22nd Circuit Court has ruled against the City of St. Louis on both Count 1 (Constitutional Due Process) and Count 7 (Red-Light Camera Ordinance Conflicts with State Statute) of the Plaintiff's petition regarding the illegal nature of St. Louis City red-light camera ordinances.
Matt Hay with http://www.WrongOnRed.com says that in the court's "May 24th preliminary [hearing], [the judge] merely said that the City did not have authority, but [the judge's] language seems to indicate that he feels [the St. Louis City Red-Light Camera Ordinance] violates state statute, which is a bit stronger." Hay says the decision will surely be appealed by the City of St. Louis.
If this decision remains the rule of law, Wentzville's red-light camera ticketing would likely come to a halt. Additionally, there are state legislators pursuing an outright ban on camera traffic enforcement. Senator Lembke, who serves part of St. Louis City, is a major proponent of the ban. (http://www.missourinet.com/
Some say red-light cameras are about safety while others claim the camera ticketing serves more as an indirect tax on citizens and is simply a money grab by municipalities.
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