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Missouri appeals court upholds red-light camera fines

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | 2:20 p.m. CDT; updated 4:17 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011



ST. LOUIS — A Missouri appeals court has upheld an ordinance in a suburban St. Louis city that imposes a $100 fine when cameras catch vehicles running red lights.

The Eastern District appeals court on Tuesday rejected an argument that the Creve Coeur ordinance violates due process rights by ticketing a vehicle's owner without knowing if the owner was driving when the vehicle ran a red light.

The appeals panel said the city's traffic-camera ordinance is similar to a parking ticket in that it is a civil penalty — not a criminal violation. The court said such tickets can be issued to the vehicle owner without regard to who was driving the vehicle.


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