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Florissant turns on cameras at lights

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The city of Florissant is now using video cameras to fine drivers who run red lights. As of Thursday violators will pay a 95-dollar fine.

Florissant is the first municipality in St. Louis County to enact the program.

In just 30 days, the city's first red light camera near Interstate 270 recorded nearly 700 violations.

Florissant Mayor Robert Lowery says the police cannot document so many instances on their own:

"If they have to stop and write a ticket, it's 20 to 25 minutes, and they only get one violator," Lowery said. "This way we get all violators, and they got 600 to 700 in 30 days. That is extremely significant."

Florissant plans to install a total of 10 red light cameras between now and August.

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