St. Louis Ignores Law for Profit


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ATS cams in St. Louis are stealing over twice this amount per fiscal year, or about $2.8 million dollars.

Another municipality has been caught blatently ignoring the law under the guise of enforcing it. St. Louis city codes requiring proper warning signs for red light cameras were ignored, while drivers received $100 extortion letters from American Traffic Solutions. (ATS keeps $31 of each $100 collected in St. Louis.)

Red-light cameras have led to fines for thousands of city drivers accused, by snapshot, of breaking the law.

But, for months, St. Louis officials did not follow the city’s own laws regarding proper notice for the traffic cameras. The oversight threatens to cast doubt on the validity of scores of citations.

In February, city aldermen approved a bill requiring a warning sign at every traffic light with a red-light camera. The proposal was signed into law shortly afterward by Mayor Francis Slay.

City officials, however, did not follow through. The warnings were never posted. The Street Department did not even begin to create the signs until asked recently about their absence by the Post-Dispatch.

ATS executives have been known to express disapproval for warning signs in the past:

“This is ridiculous,” Tuton wrote. “Warning for what? Is this law enforcement or some kind of joke?”

10 Responses to St. Louis Ignores Law for Profit

  1. I hate the speed and red light cameras. For one thing, they are not really about safety, they are about revenue. However, I also agree that it is stupid to have to warn people that they are there. Do radar cops put out warning signs they are there?

    • jgunn says:

      If the object of the cameras is to slow people down and not run lights, why not display signs so people will obey them? OTOH, if the camera motive is profit, then there is great incentive not to put signs up so as to catch people unawares and make more money.

  2. artie says:

    radar cops are legal the cameras arent

  3. recyclescamcams says:

    Thanks for the story, RPr

    “Two oddballs have been busted for swiping nearly 20 percent of the city’s red-light cameras right under Big Brother’s nose, The Post has learned.

    They allegedly drove around town in a pickup truck with a cherry-picker to dismantle 22 of the high-end Nikons from their street poles. The devices are used to identify red-light-running drivers, who then are issued tickets by mail.

    The suspects peddled an estimated $88,000 worth of goods to a camera resale shop for $300 each to feed their heroin habits, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. ”

    Hopefully stories like this will get the word out that scam camera are $40,000+ of expensive electronics and expensive camera gear sitting atop a pole 24/7/365. All a thief needs to do is to harvest the goodies inside and recycle them into several hundreds of dollars at a local pawn shop or flea market. I would much rather see the thieves robbing scam cams than breaking in my house.

    • guttersn1pe says:

      Seems far more profitable (and safer) than the days when people were dismantling AC units, powerlines, and other items to get the copper.

      Disclaimer: I’m not advocating illegal activity.

    • Now where could we find someone on meth who’s crazy enough to recycle a camera???

    • guttersn1pe says:

      Maybe instead of hanging “fraud” signs on them, we could hang signs that say, “this camera worth $300 at your local pawn shop”.

  4. Dr Jett says:

    Not posting the signs would invalid all of the tickets. I wonder how many people were conned into actually paying for the tickets since most of the people in Arizona already know that it is a scam.

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