Petition seeks to put red-light cameras before voters

Will voters want these signs (and the red-light cameras) removed?

  • Will voters want these signs (and the red-light cameras) removed?

The fight against red-light cameras still rages, although it’s been pretty quiet lately. However, it’s about to get a lot louder if the petition drive against the cameras gains steam.

KMBC Channel 9 reported the petition drive that aims to wipe out Kansas City’s 29 cameras, which since going live in the spring of 2009 have generated $9.7 million for the city in 97,000 tickets ($3.1 million of that has gone to American Traffic Solutions, which has a year left on its contract with the city).

The arguments are the same: The city argues that red-light cameras reduce red-light running as well as accidents. The opposition (one of the leaders is Sean O’Toole) argues that voters should have a say in whether the cameras should continue. They also say the cameras violate people’s constitutional rights, presuming guilt before innocence by offering little proof on who was actually driving the vehicle.

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