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Scottsdale, AZ – Yet another Missouri Circuit Court judge has upheld the constitutionality of a Missouri cities red-light safety camera ordinance authorizing the use of automated traffic enforcement systems to detect red-light running violations. This latest challenge to the City of Ellisville’s program marks the fifth class action lawsuit dismissed this year.
In her ruling from County of St. Louis Circuit Court on Oct. 30, Judge Thea A. Sherry wrote: “A motion to dismiss for failure to state a cause of action is solely a test of the adequacy of the plaintiff’s petition. … The court has carefully read through and reviewed the arguments before it and concluded that the arguments of the defendants are more persuasive.”
“This decision marks the fifth class action lawsuit challenging cities’ red-light camera ordinances to fail this year,” said ATS General Counsel George Hittner. “At some point the attorneys bringing these frivolous lawsuits are going to realize that there is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Red-light safety cameras in Missouri and throughout the country are legal and constitutional. Running red lights on the other hand, is not.”
The class action lawsuit against the city and American Traffic Solutions sought monetary and legal relief for Missouri citizens who have received a red-light running ticket in the city. The lawsuit, filed by Molly Edwards and six other named defendants, claimed the ordinance infringed upon citizens’ right to due process and their protection against self-incrimination as provided for in the state constitution.
Other challenges involved the cities of Creve Coeur, Kansas City, Florissant and Arnold. In 2009, a federal judge found the city of Arnold’s red-light safety camera ordinance to be both legal and constitutional.
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. ATS has more than 3,000 installed red-light and speed safety cameras serving more than 30 million people. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and Washington, D.C., including: St. Louis, Kansas City and more than two dozen other Missouri cities. For more information, please visit: atsol.com or www.PlatePass.com. To view video that serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers that red-light runners present to our family and children; visit ATS on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ATSRoadSafety.