Legislators on Missouri's Senate Transportation Committee rejected yesterday
a senate bill
that would ban red-light cameras in the state.
Sen. Jim Lembke
, a Republican representing parts of St. Louis city and county, first proposed the bill in January. Last week the bill got a speedy hearing
before the transportation committee. Proponents of the ban, including Jesse Irwin
with Missourians Against Red Light Cameras
, questioned the constitutionality of the cameras and argued that they increase rear-end accidents by causing drivers to slam on their brakes to avoid a ticket.
Opponents of the cameras -- including several police chiefs -- countered that the cameras improve public safety. The committee sided with the camera supporters, voting 8-2 to kill the ban.