Mo. House votes against intersection red-light cameras

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Map, News) –

House members voted Monday to restrict the use of red-light cameras.The amendments lay out requirements for communities that wish to use the cameras at intersections, mandate that the money be used for schools and allow certain drivers to be immune from prosecution.

Several of the state’s communities have installed cameras at intersections to check for motorists who run red lights. But the cameras have prompted concerns about privacy and controversy about enforcing the tickets, because it’s not always possible to determine the driver’s identity.

Another concern cited by critics is that the private companies that own the cameras earn some profits from each ticket issued.

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The red-light provisions were among the nearly two dozen amendments added to a transportation bill. That means it is likely that House and Senate negotiators will need to sort out the final terms. They have until Friday.

One of the changes would bar motorists from receiving a ticket from the red-light camera if they are permitted to not have a driver’s license for religious reasons. That was added to a separate amendment allowing for photo-less driver’s licenses in some cases.

Rep. Brian Yates said offenders caught by the cameras aren’t given points on their license – they’re just fined.

“There are no points because they just want your cash,” said Yates, R-Lee’s Summit.

A later amendment, sponsored by Rep. Charles Portwood, R-Ballwin, would prevent companies that own red-light cameras from getting a cut of the tickets issued because of the cameras. Portwood’s amendment limits payments to the value of the equipment and the price of the services to keep the system running.

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