In many communities, running a red light when no one is around goes without consequence. However, at certain intersections, cameras capture traffic violations, and the driver receives a ticket, even when alone on the road.
Testimony for a bill that would prohibit automated traffic enforcement systems such as red light cameras was heard in the Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety committee on Thursday, March 2.
“I oppose (the cameras) because I believe they engender a sense of, and presumption of, guilt upon folks who travel through intersections at the wrong moment,” said SB 315 sponsor Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring). “I don’t feel that these cameras are able to accurately encompass the environment and the situation surrounding folks going through the red light.”
Red light traffic cameras are scattered around Missouri, concentrated mainly in large cities, to help enforce traffic violations.