Missouri cities could use red-light cameras if state lawmakers
approve a proposal to try the system for one year.
introduced Jan. 8, would allow the director of the Department
of Public Safety to designate 10 cities to adopt ordinances
authorizing the use of automatic traffic control enforcement
systems to catch drivers who run red lights on highways or
roads within their jurisdiction. If the road is a state highway,
the city must enter into an agreement with the Transportation
Commission regarding the installation of such a system.
the proposal, the vehicle owner would be considered the violator
unless the owner makes an affidavit identifying the true
operator of the vehicle. The penalty for each violation may
not exceed $50 and no points will be counted against the
vehicle owner's or designated driver's record.
and when the system is used, signs must be posted in a location
visible from all directions at any intersection equipped
with the automated cameras.
year after the city adopts its ordinance, the Department
of Transportation would report on the effectiveness of the
automated traffic-control signal enforcement systems. The
report would be reviewed by the General Assembly to determine
further use of the systems.