The Missouri Supreme Court is mulling over three cases that could decide whether cities and towns can continue to use traffic cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners.
Two of the cases involve the use of red-light cameras, one in St. Louis and the other in St. Peters. The third case involves the use of speeding cameras in Moline Acres in St. Charles County.
Attorney Bevis Schock represents plaintiffs in the St. Louis and St. Peters cases. He told the high court Tuesday that their use creates a situation where the motorist is guilty until proven innocent.
The battleground over the use of red light and speed cameras in Missouri shifted this week from the courtroom to the state Capitol.
The tiny municipality of Calverton Park in North St. Louis County is the site of a pair of new speed cameras.
The cameras are the first in the state to carry the blessing of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
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A group of cities in north St. Louis County want to install speed cameras on Interstate 70.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Ann and other cities agreed this week to apply to the Missouri Department of Transportation for permission to use the cameras.
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