Lewis W. Diuguid

Red-light camera use likely to start again

Updated: 2013-11-27T00:05:48Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

It would be hard to imagine that the Kansas City Council would shrug, say “oh well” and do nothing about getting the red-light cameras back on line as a revenue producer for the city.

Kansas City stopped issuing red-light camera tickets on Nov. 6 after an appeals court voided the red-light camera law in Ellisville, Mo., near St. Louis, The Kansas City Star reports. The Kansas City Council plans to make adjustments to its red-light camera law so that the ticketing can resume.

The law and the Big Brother technology were intended to stop people from running red lights and causing traffic crashes. But since the cameras were installed in 2009 they have become a revenue producer for the city.

In August 2009, violations peaked at more than 11,000. They now average 2,500 to 3,000 tickets a month.

At $100 per ticket, that still adds up to quite a bit of revenue for the town. The city has 29 cameras at 17 intersections.

Motorists have had to become a bit more savvy at red-light camera intersections, timing their acceleration and braking differently to keep from being caught. They also have had remember to come to a complete stop before making a right turn on a red light.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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