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Missouri Red Light Cameras

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 camera citation. 

 

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.


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