New bill to ban red light cameras in St. Louis County needs voter approval

Much of the county council, including former police chief Fitch, doesn't seem to be a fan of them.

Maria Keena
December 04, 2019 - 10:02 am
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — You probably thought the red light camera debate ended, but it's just getting started.

Last week we told you how St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is looking at bringing them back. This week, the St. Louis County Council is discussing them.

Related: Mayor Krewson considers bringing back red light cameras

However, there doesn't seem to be much support in the County. Former police chief-turned-councilman Tim Fitch introduced legislation Tuesday banning red light cameras throughout the County.

"They're revenue generators for government," Fitch told KMOX's Maria Keena. "I think it is a horrible use of police powers to generate traffic citations for the sole purpose of raising revenue."

In fact, Fitch thinks a slippery slope will form if the city of St. Louis brings them back.

"Once the city gets theirs up and running, and various (St. Louis County) municipalities see it as making a lot of money for them, they'll go for them as well."

Fitch fought against red light cameras since 2011, when he was St. Louis County Police Chief.

Who else isn't a fan? County Executive Sam Page.

"I understand that some local jurisdictions use them and believe they're used successfully. My experience...is that I haven't been convinced they provide that much of a service."

Fitch's bill requires voters of St. Louis County to vote yes or no on banning the red light cameras. If the voters say yes, they will be banned through the County.

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