Senators back restrictions on traffic cameras

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 11:09 a.m. CDT; updated 9:37 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators will support new restrictions on the use of cameras to ticket motorists who run red lights.

The Senate approved an amendment Tuesday requiring police to positively identify the driver of a vehicle caught on camera running a red light before a ticket could be issued.

The amendment was attached to a broader transportation bill that now awaits a vote.

About 30 Missouri cities use cameras to enforce traffic signals.

Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis, offered the amendment. Lembke says the red-light cameras trample citizens' constitutional rights.

Sen. Rita Days, D-St. Louis, countered that the cameras help save lives by encouraging people to stop at red lights.


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