I still find myself getting white-knuckled and riding the gas pedal every time I come to 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway. I know the red-light cameras are watching, waiting to flash me when I get stuck in the intersection due to heavy traffic or some jackass driving extra slow to avoid getting flashed and a $113 ticket.
Might not have to worry for long, thanks to Missouri state Sen. Jim Lembke (a Republican from South St. Louis County). Progress was made yesterday when the Missouri Senate endorsed Lembke's amendment -- 23-8 -- that would outlaw the cameras as part of a larger transportation bill (also included in the bill was a ban on texting while driving for all drivers -- not just teens -- and a ban on photo-radar speed enforcement).
Lembke's bill appears to be finding new life due to a Missouri
Supreme Court ruling against they way the city of Springfield
enforces tickets. Lembke told the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch that the Springfield court decision "put
the issue back on the radar screen."
But the Associated
is already reporting that there is already rumblings from Senate
leaders that the
red-light camera ban will be pulled from in the bill. The bill has a
long, hard road out of hell anyway. It has to go back to a Senate
committee before it can get a full vote from the Senate before being
shipped back to the House and finally to the governor's desk. So expect
more white-knuckled experiences.
Hat tip to the Riverfront
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