Court denies motion, red light cameras remain on hold

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Courtesy: MGN Online

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — An eastern district court near St. Louis has denied a motion for the most recent red light cameras case to be sent to the Missouri Supreme Court, which could affect drivers here in the metro.

On Monday the Eastern District Court of Missouri denied a motion to allow the city of Ellisville, Mo., and the company that operates the cameras to transfer its case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Back in late November a ruling from the Western Missouri Court of Appeals said the Kansas City ordinance conflicts with state law because the Kansas City ordinance doesn’t label red-light camera tickets a “moving violation.”

“We clearly disagree with that opinion,” said councilman John Sharp back in November. Councilman Sharp said it’s frustrating that the city can’t find consistent guidance from the courts.

RELATED: Courts put a red light on red-light cameras again

Now the city of Ellisville has 15 days to ask the high court to listen to its case.

If the Supreme Court denies the appeal, attorney Howard Lotven said red light cameras will be banned in Missouri.

“What it means is that the city will have to dismiss all the tickets if the courts are saying they are unconstitutional, and can’t prosecute people under law,” said Lotven. “They either have to treat them as moving violations, which means they need to prove whose driving, or stop red light cameras all together.”

Lotven says if you get a notice in the mail, don’t pay it. Instead he says you should contact an attorney.

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