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Florissant installs red light cameras

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis suburb of Florissant is installing cameras to catch people who run red lights.

The first one will go into operation Monday at the intersection of Dunn and Graham Roads. But motorists will not start getting tickets from it for another month. Plans call for nine more.

Florissant Police Chief William Karabas says the idea is to cut down on accidents. He says it's not Big Brother and it's not about generating revenue.

"A three-year study of these intersections where we propose to put the cameras up, there were a total of 923 accidents and 1,064 injuries," Karabas said.

The company American Traffic Solutions owns the cameras, and will receive about 30 percent of every 95 dollar ticket.

There's a bill in the Missouri Senate that would strictly define the way municipalities may use red light cameras, but that legislation appears stalled.

A previous version of the bill would have banned the cameras entirely.

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