Judge Dismisses Class-Action Lawsuit Against Arnold's Red Light Cameras


Traffic cameras have survived yet another class-action lawsuit in Missouri. Last week a Jefferson County judge rejected a suit that aimed to prohibit the use of red light cameras in Arnold, which became the first Missouri city to deploy the cameras in August 2005.

In his ruling August 29, Judge Mark Stoll noted that the arguments of the defendants -- the City of Arnold and camera company American Traffic Solution -- were the "most persuasive."

The city and ATS noted in court filings that the Eastern District Court of Appeals had upheld a similar ruling in favor of Creve Coeurs' red light cameras. In that ruling, the court agreed with the city that Creve Coeur had the right to draft a red-light camera ordinance even if no such state law exists; that citations can be labeled non-moving violations; and that the legal proceedings did not violate due process.

With the Arnold ruling, attorneys with the Simon Law Firm of St. Louis have now lost four decisions that sought to prohibit use of the cameras in Kansas City, Arnold, Florissant and Creve Coeur.

Despite at least a half-dozen legal challenges statewide, only a couple rulings have gone in favor of those opposed to the cameras. In February a St. Louis Circuit Court judge ruled the city's ordinance void. (That decision is under appeal.) And in 2010 the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against the way Springfield enforced its citations. 

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