State lawmakers hit the gas on anti-red light camera bill.
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State lawmakers hit the gas on anti-red light camera bill.

Date: March 10, 2009
By: Chance Seales
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 58

Intro: A red light camera limit got the green light Tuesday as a last-minute amendment to a major transportation bill in the Missouri Senate.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from the State Capitol. 

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The Senate Transportation Committee rejected it just two weeks ago, but a bill putting the brakes on Missouri red light cameras is now back in play.

Under the measure, fines for drivers will be barred unless police can positively identify the car's driver.

Democratic St. Louis Senator, Rita Days, opposed the amendment saying arguments against the cameras don't show the whole picture. 

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Description: "It's not that someone from outer space is writing these tickets.  It's an actual officer that is sitting in a room, and he reviews that tape, and he reviews the still shot to determine if that was actually what took place."

Despite Day's opposition, the amendment passed with an overwhelming majority inside another transportation bill that remains pending before the Senate. 

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Chance Seales
    


Intro: The Missouri Senate passed an amendment Tuesday limiting the use of red light cameras.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from Jefferson City.

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The amendment says police must clearly identify both a traffic violation and the identity of a driver. 

Democratic St. Louis County Senator, Rita Days, opposed the amendment saying the cameras save lives on dangerous roads. 

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Description: "I wouldn't have yellow lights.  I'd put red and green. Because a yellow light means speed up and try to get through that before it turns red.  And I think that is a safety hazard in itself."

The amendment's supporters heavily outweighed opponents, with one senator saying she would be forced to start wearing a cowboy hat and sunglasses if the measure passes.

The Senate's approval comes just two weeks after the Transportation Committee voted against a bill banning use of red light cameras.  

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.

 


Intro: Missouri senators voted Tuesday to pass an amendment cracking down on use of red light cameras.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from Jefferson City.

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The state Senate voted Tuesday to attach an amendment limiting fines from pictures taken by red light cameras.

It had overwhelming support and will bar fines unless police can positively identify a driver's face.

Lowry City Republican Delbert Scott expressed contempt for cities like Hazelwood making $1.3 million per year from fines and said it is an unacceptable practice.

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Description: "This is nothing but highway robbery.  It is a money making attempt to rob people coming through these local municipalities.  There is a little bitty safety factor. There's a great big money making factor and it's wrong."


Two senators opposed the amendment, saying the cameras save lives on dangerous roads.    

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.