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NMA Reporter 2008-12-16 01:08

St. Louis Aldermen Donít Have To Worry About Paying Tickets
<b>NMA Article: St. Louis Aldermen Donít Have To Worry About Paying Tickets</b><br/><br/><p><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 8px; border-right-width: 0px" src="http://www.motorists.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/St.LouisAldermenDontHaveToWorryAboutPayi_A856/stlouisaldermen.jpg" border="0" alt="stlouisaldermen" width="529" height="204" /><br />
News stories like <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/4C70CE5B6E02C3888625751E0012ECDD?OpenDocument"><st rong>this one from STLtoday.com</strong></a> are infuriatingly common. Keep this in mind when you hear a city council enthusiastically praising the idea of installing ticket cameras. Here’s an excerpt:</p>
<blockquote><p><em>When the push to install red-light cameras came to City Hall in 2005, the Board of Aldermen enthusiastically backed the plan as a boon to public safety.</em></p>
<p><em>But now, three years later, aldermen have themselves been caught on tape ó and some have avoided the $100 fine.</em></p>
<p><em>In total, at least eight St. Louis aldermen have been sent camera citations, about a quarter of the board. The lead sponsor of the camera legislation went months without paying $500 in fines until questioned about it recently. Two other aldermen got their citations dismissed under ambiguous circumstances.</em></p>
<p><em>Alderman Stephen Gregali forwarded his ticket to the police chief’s office ó which dismissed the ticket without investigating. Another alderman, Gregory Carter, said he got his ticket dismissed by calling a phone number on the back.</em></p>
<p><em>Carter said he did not identify himself as an alderman and doesn’t remember who was on the other end of the call.</em></p>
<p><em>But officials with the private company that administers the city’s camera program, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc., said it’s not possible to get a ticket dismissed by calling the number on the back of the ticket, which is a corporate help line.</em></p>
<p><em>Among aldermen, there is no greater advocate for the cameras than Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. ó and nobody whose car has racked up more in fines. A car registered to his home address in the Third Ward had five tickets, including citations on back-to-back days in June.</em></p>
<p><em>Bosley, chairman of the board’s Streets Committee, said he did not know about the violations. They were, he says, accrued by his 20-year-old daughter using the car.</em></p>
<p><em>He paid the fines Friday, well past the due date, after a reporter asked about them.</em></p></blockquote>
<p>You can read the full story <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/4C70CE5B6E02C3888625751E0012ECDD?OpenDocument"><st rong>here</strong></a>.</p>
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<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/local-school-board-wants-ticket-camera-cash/" rel="bookmark" title="April 11, 2008">Local School Board Wants Ticket Camera Cash</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/the-10-biggest-injustices-against-motorists-in-october/" rel="bookmark" title="October 31, 2007">The 10 Biggest Injustices Against Motorists In October</a></li>

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