It looks like St. Louis' red light cameras can stay, and the city can keep millions of dollars it's collected in fines. That's after yesterday's ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals that upheld the city's use of red light cameras to control traffic. The ruling reverses a previous court decision that had declared the city ordinance unconstitutional.
The city won't be able to collect on all 138,000 unpaid red light tickets though. That's because the court also found that tickets issued more than a year ago had to be tossed out because they didn't clearly state how they could be contested. Just about a year ago the city fixed that problem by changing the wording on the summons.
Three people, including a St. Louis police officers are seriously injured after a car slammed into a patrol car in Midtown Tuesday night. It happened about 9:30 at Washington and Compton.
Police say a passenger car with three people inside had been driving erratically earlier in the evening. Police pursued the car, but had to stop to answer another call.
A short time later, the car ran through the intersection and struck a different police car.
One person climbed out of the passenger car and ran from the scene. The two other people in the car, and the police officer were all taken to the hospital. All three are listed in serious condition.
Police are still looking for the person who fled.
Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday. The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.
Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.
Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage. "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said. "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."
"This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."
Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.