While many cities are using red light cameras to ticket drivers who are caught running red lights, this trend in enforcing traffic laws has just hit a significant speed bump in St. Louis. On Tuesday November 5, the Missouri Court of Appeals struck down an ordinance that had permitted red light cameras to be installed and operated at certain signals in Ellisville. This ruling was part of the Court’s review of a class action lawsuit that had been filed against Ellisville and American Traffic Solutions, the company responsible for providing the cameras used at Ellisville intersections.
According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs had contended that the red light ordinance was in violation of Missouri state laws because traffic tickets were being doled out to the wrong parties – namely, the owner of the cars, instead of the drivers who had allegedly ran the red lights, were being ticketed. The Court’s agreement with the plaintiff’s arguments led to the red light ordinance been declared void.
While the long-term effects of the Court’s decision have yet to be felt by drivers in St. Louis, individuals who have received tickets from red light cameras will now be able to contest these tickets and will more than likely be able to have them dismissed in traffic court.
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered any type of injury or loss due to a traffic accident and believe that the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, contact the St. Louis car accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including car accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives. For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.