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Missouri Courts Review Traffic Cameras

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Love them or hate them, many Missouri cities like Hannibal use red light cameras.

But now a state appeals court is considering whether it's time to pull the plug.

Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce said the traffic cameras do bring in money, but mostly they're about safety. He says in surveys, most Hannibal residents indicate they like the cameras, and many want more.

"It really is like a robo-cop. That's how we look at it," said LaGarce.

Some Missouri residents think they shouldn't be used.

"I don't feel like every situation you deserve to get a ticket for it. I mean, there's different influences," said Nicole Neisen.

"I think it's just a scam, I don't like the idea of it at all," Brian Murphy said.

LaGarce said the cameras are a way for the city to protect drivers from dangerous intersections at all times, and it's worked.

"The number of violations is dropping, which is, you know, what we want," he said.

He says each ticket brings in about $100 for the city, which it uses to cover increasing police pension costs. While he says the city is glad there are fewer violations, losing cameras altogether could put a huge burden on Hannibal.

"I don't know what we would do. We would be concerned about highway safety obviously," said LaGarce.

And some drivers agree with him. Many say they think the cameras keep the roads safer.

LaGarce said he doesn't think there will be any changes with red light cameras from this court case, but the appeals court won't make a final decision for several more months.
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