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Court rules in favour of red-light enforcement cameras

American Traffic Solutions : 27 July, 2009  (Company News)
Once again, the US legal system has favoured reducing the levels of serious accidents at red light controlled junctions over constitutionality arguments
The US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri has dismissed all remaining claims in a lawsuit against the City of Arnold, Missouri, and American Traffic Solutions (ATS), confirming the legality and constitutionality of Missouri's red-light camera programs.

The comprehensive ruling in Kilper, et al. v. City of Arnold, Missouri, et al., (4:08cv0267 TCM) further validates other cases across the United States in stating that photo-enforcement programs are constitutional public safety programs. Today's ruling is consistent with a January ruling by the Seventh Circuit, US Court of Appeals, affirming the constitutionality of red-light photo-enforcement programs (No. 08-1363 decided 1/5/2009).

"We have long held that this lawsuit was frivolous, and we are pleased that the US District Court of Eastern Missouri has confirmed this fact. This opinion further negates unfounded claims against red-light camera safety programs and confirms the legality, constitutionality and safety benefits of photo enforcement," said James Tuton, President and CEO of American Traffic Solutions. "Red-light camera safety programs successfully modify driver behavior by increasing compliance with traffic laws. These programs have proven to improve safety on the roadways by reducing red-light running, which causes unnecessary crashes, injuries and deaths."

The US District Court held that the ordinance allowing for the City of Arnold's red-light camera safety program "…has a legitimate, non-punitive, public safety purpose. Moreover, the use of red light cameras and related proceedings are rationally connected to the valid public safety purpose of reducing traffic accidents at traffic light intersections." The court further held that because enforcement of a red-light camera ordinance is a civil proceeding, issuing notices of red-light violations to the owner of the vehicle did not violate due process or wrongfully shift the burden of proof.


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