Increase in Pedestrian Deaths Sparks Some to Call for the Return of Red Light Cameras in St. Louis

The red light camera debate in St Louis has been revived in light of the increasing number of pedestrian deaths, a St Louis auto accident attorney explains.

The red light camera debate in St Louis has been revived in light of the increasing number of pedestrian deaths, a St Louis auto accident attorney explains.

St. Louis has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the nation, and 2015 represents a troubling continuation of this trend, as there have been more fatal pedestrian accidents in St. Louis so far this year than over the past two years combined.

In fact, as local officials have noted, there have been a total of 18 pedestrian fatalities in St. Louis so far in 2015 – and one of the days on which there tends to be a huge jump in these accidents, Halloween, still has yet to occur.

This is leading some local officials and safety advocates to call for a return of red light cameras in St Louis. They believe that reinstituting these cameras could go a long way to improving driver behaviors and preventing pedestrian accidents in the city.

Background on Red Light Cameras: The Controversy & Ban

Red light cameras have been a contentious issue in many major U.S. cities, including St. Louis, because many believe that these cameras:

  • Actually increase the risk of traffic accidents at intersections – In fact, some studies have indicated that these cameras can be distracting to drivers, can cause them to act in ways they normally wouldn’t and that other motorists wouldn’t expect (like stopping at a yellow light), etc.
  • Are only “money grabs” for cities/local law enforcement agencies – As a result, some believe that red light cameras are simply ways for local law enforcement agencies to collect ticket money for what are usually pretty minor infractions.

This past August, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the ordinance for red light cameras in St. Louis was not constitutional. That led to the immediate dismantling of these cameras, along with promises to motorists that, if they had been ticketed by a red light camera, either:

  • Their ticket would be dismissed; or
  • Their fine would be returned to them.

How Red Light Cameras Could Reduce Pedestrian Accidents, Some Say

Well, the debate about red light cameras seems to have been revived by some advocates, who are now arguing that reinstalling these cameras could cause drivers to be more careful behind the wheel. This, in turn, they hope could reduce pedestrian deaths in the city and county.

What do you think? Would you be for or against red light cameras coming back if it could mean that pedestrians’ lives could be saved? Comment on our Facebook & Google+ pages.

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