Will Speeding Camera Tickets in Missouri Be Capped at $50?
A Missouri House member is introducing a bill that targets automated speeding cameras that assess fines but don't affect a driver's standing.
Missouri House Member T.J. Berry of Kearney, Missouri, has filed a proposal to place a $50 limit on the cost of traffic violations that don’t add points to a driver’s record, namely those originating from automated speeding cameras, the News Tribune reported.
Berry argues that a violation serious enough to merit a large fine should also gain points. His proposal addresses devices like automated speeding cameras, and potentially red light cameras and other parking tickets.
Berry isn’t the only source of contention about automated cameras and the fines they provide.
Citizens of Anaheim, Calif,, and Houston have voted down the use of red light cameras within city limits. Others, like Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke, wanted to strike them down for constitutional reasons.
“My concern is the red light camera enforcement conflicts with state statute. I have real constitutional problems with the way it’s carried out,” said Lembke.
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Seattle activist Tim Eyman has also proposed initiatives that would limit ticket prices and restrict the installation of red light cameras without public support.
The annual legislative session that began on Wednesday, Jan., 8, will assess Berry’s proposal.