Victory in MO! Red Light Cameras Turned OffSubmitted by radiofriendly on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 22:54
Three years after going online, the technology is turned off after a unanimous decision by Missouri's Supreme Court. And the city says this is more far reaching than slipping through a traffic signal.
It started at a Springfield intersection and ended up in front of the Missouri Supreme Court. In April 2008, Adolph Belt was sent a $100 ticket for running a red light. Instead of paying, he went through an administrative process that ended up putting him in front of Missouri's highest court.
"I think the right thing has been done and I was confident it would be done,"
Belt's case garnered a unanimous ruling from justices.
"When you start violating people's constitutional rights by setting up a process not according to statutes of the state, it needs to be corrected," says Belt.
Radiofriendly here: This story is personal for me 'cause it's my home town.
I'm proud to say that last Thanksgiving, friends and family of mine staged
a mini protest of these cameras-now watching this is tinged with VICTORY!
In a unanimous ruling, the state's high court ruled that Springfield city code is wrong when it requires red-light tickets to be heard in what's called an "administrative proceeding."
"Violations of municipal ordinances such as this one cannot be determined administratively but must be heard in a division of the circuit court ... The administrative proceeding is void, and (the) $100 penalty is vacated."
More from the Court: http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=37298