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Columbia City Council Discusses Red Light Cameras

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Red light cameras were ruled constitutional by Missouri’s Supreme Court in August, but they won’t be coming back to Columbia, yet.

The Columbia City Council heard information about the city’s old red light cameras at its meeting last night. Cameras were used at 5 intersections in the city from 2009 to 2013, when they were suspended due to concerns of their constitutionality, and the cameras were removed in 2014.

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine told the council that tickets from the cameras went down by 50 percent at those intersections over the four active years.

But many council members, including Third Ward’s Karl Skala, said they didn’t think the evidence was strong enough to support the cameras.

“I just don’t think it’s worth the investment," Skala said. "I think there are other ways to get at this.”

The council decided not to take any action on red light cameras at this time, but has the option to reevaluate the cameras in the future.  

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