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MO red light camera license penalties may soon go away

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Missouri lawmakers are considering another change to red light camera violations.  An appellate court ruling in November that red light traffic cameras are illegal because state law requires moving violations to carry penalty points.

The current bill under debate would prevent drivers from being assessed points if they were ticketed by the cameras. This means if a driver is caught by a red light camera they would be fined, but not have points counted against their drivers license.  Local residents differ on if they think the penalty points do much good in preventing drivers from running through red lights.

"I think people who are in a hurry are the people who generally run the red lights," Terry Miller said. "Either that or the people are some what inattentive."

"I think that people aren't going to want to pay a ticket," Jami Vendenhaupt said. "Money is money. I mean even though time is short and everyone is trying to make the best of their time, a lot of people would be cautious because they don't want to pay a fine."

Some residents think the points should stay on red light tickets.

"I personally think the points should be there because I feel that if you're in a hurry and you run a red light and you know you're not going to get anything but a ticket out of it, you're just going to keep on doing it," Kathy Corum said. "If you think about the points, you're going to think twice before you run that red light."

Some residents went so far to say since the courts had already ruled them illegal that they should be taken down across the state.

The bill narrowly passed the House late last week and now is in the Senate for debate.
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