Fmr Sen. says ruling dismissing red-light ticket could help ban red-light cameras from use.
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Fmr Sen. says ruling dismissing red-light ticket could help ban red-light cameras from use.

Date: November 4, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau

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With a judge ruling Wednesday to dismiss a red light ticket in St.Peters, one former senator says he is hopeful that the argument to outlaw red-light cameras will be put back on the table.
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Wrap: While red-light cameras are supposed to help punish traffic violators to keep the public safe, one former senator says the cameras are more about collecting revenue.

Former Senator Jim Lembke says he thinks the recent court ruling might help push Missouri to outlaw the cameras.

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Description: "These aren't about safety, these are about bringing in money to the coffers of these small municipalities. And they are just balancing their budgets on the backs of the taxpayers."

However, Former Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith has said the cameras are an important tool to help keep motorists safe.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

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After the dismissal of a red-light ticket in St. Peters on Wednesday, one former Missouri senator is hopeful that this decision will push the legislature to outlaw red-light cameras in Missouri.
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Wrap: A former Missouri senator who has long supported the outlaw of traffic cameras says the court's decision may be just what Missouri needs to outlaw the cameras for good.

Former St Louis County Senator Jim Lembke says the dynamic of the General Assembly has changed since his previous attempts to pass legislation outlawing red-light cameras.

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Description: "I think that there may be opportunities, especially in the light of this decision, that might give it some new energy."

Lembke says the cameras are set up to create revenue for municipalities.

However, former Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith has said the cameras are a good tool for keeping motorists safe.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.


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