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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City, Missouri hopes to start sending out red light camera tickets again in the near future. The program was suspended November 1st over concerns it might not be constitutional based on an appeals court ruling in Eastern Missouri.

In the past, red-light tickets went to the owner of the car caught on camera. On Tuesday, the KCMO City Council is expected to pass a re-worded ordinance that says liability for the ticket goes to the actual driver, not the vehicle owner.

Under the measure, 3,500 people who were caught running a red light in November could now get a ticket according to city prosecutor Lowell Gard.

"The cameras are on and running and recording those violations and depending on what we see from the Supreme Court in the next few weeks, I hope, those people could receive tickets in the mail," Gard said.

But not everyone who has a pending ticket intends to pay it, including Becky Shuckhart of Independence.

"I didn't pay it, I didn't do anything, just put it in the drawer," she said.

Shuckhart ignored her court hearing November 12th because she suspects the city's legal manuevers still may not pass constitutional muster.

"Till they get all their laws straight, I guess I'm just going to fight it some," she said.

Shuckhart pointed out that red-light cameras capture the license plate and the vehicle that ran the red light, but they don't show who's behind the wheel, be it Becky, her husband or someone else.

"My daughter and son-in-law drive that truck sometimes, so actually that truck is driven by four different people at times. Could've been any one of the four of us, they can't issue points to all of us, they can't issue tickets to all of us."

City prosecutor Lowell Gard admitted to FOX 4 that his office won't issue warrants for drivers who don't pay until the Missouri Supreme Court makes a final ruling.

"If they want to take their chances, then yeah, they can wait. We're not going to go after them."

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5 comments

  • Brian

    This gal is not that smart. she’s now on camera ADMITTING it was her, yet in her next breath says shows the car, shows the license plate, doesn’t show the driver. well yeah, until you ADMITTED IT. I hope she ends up going to Court, and pleads not guilty, and under oath says it was not her, then she gets nailed with a perjury charge by Jackson County. congrats on your 15 minutes of fame!

  • James C. Walker

    Moral cities, NOT to include Kansas City, will suspend issuing tickets until the state supreme court makes a decision.

    Cities like KC, driven by greed rather than safety or morality, will continue to issue citations pending the court decision.

    Residents of KC need to vote out every camera supporter in city government to replace them with moral and honorable officials who will end the predatory red light camera cash register system – regardless of what the supreme court rules.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

  • Tom Paine

    So rather than having an actual officer follow and stop a car that ran a red light, they can send out tickets from the comfort and safety of their own desk. Of course, if it is a stolen car, a drunk driver, or perhaps even a criminal with a victim in their trunk, the driver will certainly learn their lesson after having their picture taken… But it is NOT about increasing revenue for the cities…