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Stall hits reactivation of red-light cameras

A red-light camera at 23rd Street and I-435 in Kansas City
A red-light camera at 23rd Street and I-435 in Kansas City

Kansas City officials have to feel as if they are caught in that old children’s game, red light, green light, over recent court rulings on red-light camera laws.

The City Council was prepared to fix the law to comply with a Nov. 5 appellate court ruling, enabling red-light camera ticketing — and revenue — to resume next month. But then another ruling this week put the brakes on any council action, The Kansas City Star reports.

The green light for go suddenly turned into a red light over the constitutionality of the red light camera law. The devices at 17 intersections are supposed to make the roads safer by discouraging people from running red lights.

The 212,706 motorists stung with those $100 tickets since since 2009 have to be celebrating the ruling by the appeals courts, stalling city action. But let’s hope drivers don’t roll back into the bad habit of running red lights possibly causing injuries, property damage and loss of life.

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