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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.
 
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday that would regulate red-light and speeding cameras.
 
Photo traffic enforcement systems for Missouri municipalities have been the subject of ongoing court cases and many cities have temporary halted enforcement. The measure would require cities to meet certain standards in order to operate speeding or red-light cameras.
 
Supporters say the measure would streamline traffic enforcement across different municipalities and give guidance to the courts. Opponents say it circumvents the point system and could keep dangerous drivers on the road.
 
The bill needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the Senate.
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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.
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Many people complain about red light cameras, but statistics show that they are changing people's driving behaviors.

American Traffic Solutions, who installed the cameras across the city, recently analyzed the effects of the cameras. They say 84 percent of drivers who received and paid a citation, never got another one. They also say that cameras more than halved the number of citations issued each month. 

 

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