Missouri began experimenting with red light cameras in 2006 and have
seen some success with them. The purpose of red light cameras is
to record incidents of red light running. The camera also
captures a picture of the license plate and, in some Missouri counties,
the driver. Once an incident is recorded, the driver is sent a
red light ticket via mail.
There is current debate regarding Missouri red light cameras and the
receipt of payment for the fine incurred. While some counties
have a photo of the driver to support the citation, other counties do
not. This leaves the burden of proof on the county to prove that
you were, in fact, driving the vehicle. In this case, a Missouri
red light ticket can simply be thrown away and there is very little
recourse. For this reason, new ‘fine print’ is being added to the
tickets in some Missouri counties. It may now be a punishable
violation for anyone to discard of and/or refuse to pay a red light
Some studies show that red light cameras have reduced the incidence
of red light running and traffic accidents; however, other studies have
indicated an increase in other types of accidents, such as ‘rear-end
collisions’ because drivers know that the red light camera is present,
so they may err on the side of caution and come to an abrupt,
unnecessary stop. Despite critics’ rebuttals and noted quirks in the
red light camera system, it is likely that red light cameras will
remain in Missouri.
Dangers of Running Red Lights
Unfortunately, not everyone heeds the law. Sometimes, people are too
impatient or too rushed to stop for the red light. They charge through
the intersection, risking a wreck in their zeal to get where they are
going without stopping. Read
Number of Missouri Red Light Tickets Issued
Texas has a major problem with drivers running red lights. For
example, according to the Dallas City Hall website, out of all 50
states Texas ranks 4th when it comes to the number of red-light
fatalities per person. Sure, we want to be competitive, but not for
this! Read more...
Red Light Camera Locations
Find a red light camera in your area. Read more...
What Are Traffic Lights?
Traffic lights are structures placed at the intersection of two
roads. Using different colored lights, they let drivers know when it is
their turn to go across the intersection. Wherever there's an
intersection, there's the possibility of an accident if two cars try to
cross at the same time. Read
What To Do If You Ran a Red Light
If you are stopped for running a Texas red light, you will be issued
a citation and will need to either pay the fine or appear in court.
Fines for Texas red light tickets vary depending on the municipality
where you were stopped, and also based on whether a policeman stopped
you or your vehicle was merely caught on camera. Read more...