Missouri Supreme Court invalidates Springfield red-light ticketsSubmitted by Jim Brown on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 21:26
Way 2 go MO
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's third-largest city suspended the use of red-light traffic cameras Tuesday after the state Supreme Court struck down its process for handling the tickets.
In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the high court said that violations of municipal ordinances, such as running a red light, cannot be handled through administrative hearings but instead must be heard in a court.
The decision invalidated the $100 fine levied by the city of Springfield on Adolph Belt Jr., a 30-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who challenged his ticket. But the decision immediately had a much broader affect.
This is about personal liberty.