St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis City leaders are appealing a circuit court judge's ruling that the city must stop issuing red light camera tickets.
City Counselor Mike Garvin says that is confusing, because the city thought they addressed any problems in the program cited in a 2013 ruling. Garvin says the city will appeal the decision and will ask a judge to allow the city to continue issuing tickets until the Supreme Court weighs in.
"There's been 6 or 7 decisions in the last year that say different things about red light cameras", Garvin told KTRS News. "It's very hard for us to try to calculate our actions on these varying decisions, because they are all different."
On the other side of the issue, Police Chief Sam Dotson views the red light camera system as a matter of public safety. Dotson says with the cameras in place, his officers are freed to focus on preventing crime in the community. He says the cameras perform an essential service.
"Studies have shown, and we've seen in the city of St. Louis, that intersections that have red light cameras: fewer people get repeat tickets, fewer accidents occur, and people are safer," Dotson told KTRS.
As for what you should do if you have an unpaid red light ticket from the city. Both Garvin and Dotson say the program could be reinstated and those tickets might come due, but if you have questions, you should contact an attorney.