"The use of an automated traffic control system to police traffic offenses is a drastic departure from the traditional police powers granted to municipalities; and seen here, it raises a whole host of legal and constitutional issues. A municipality may only exercise its police powers under authority granted to it by the state...Because the red-light camera ordinance does not enact 'rules of the road' or 'traffic regulations,' the Court finds, in absence of other enabling legislation by the State of Missouri, that the City of St. Louis did not have authority to enact such and Ordinance. Therefore, ordinance #66868 is void.""If Judge Neil's opinion holds up, then it's true across the state," Keane tells Daily RFT. "And if these cameras are truly about public safety then people should accrue points on their licenses when they get a red-light camera citation. But that's not the case, because they're treated as a non-moving violation even though state law defines a running a red-light as a moving violation."
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