Senate panel rejects red-light camera ban

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 9:36 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri Senate committee rejects legislation banning the use of automated cameras to catch red-light runners.

The cameras automatically snap digital photos of those entering intersections after a traffic signal has turned to red. A color copy of the picture and a ticket is then mailed to the vehicle's registered owner. About 30 Missouri cities now use the cameras.

Critics of the red-light cameras question the constitutionality of the cameras and contend that they lead to rear-end accidents as cars stop suddenly. But supporters, including several police chiefs, said using the cameras at dangerous intersections deters unsafe driving.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted 8-2 on Wednesday to reject the camera ban.


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