St. Louis City is not issuing warrants for drivers who don’t pay their red light camera fines.
St. Louis City is Not Attempting to Collect Unpaid Red Light Camera Ticket Fines
Not only is the City of St. Louis not issuing warrants for unpaid red light camera tickets, the City is also not attempting to collect unpaid red light camera fines because the issue is currently being litigated in the Missouri Supreme Court.
When Will The Missouri Supreme Court Decide Whether St. Louis City’s Red Light Cameras Are Legal?
Christmas 2014 is the expected deadline for the Missouri Supreme Court to issue its ruling regarding the legality of St. Louis City’s red light camera law.
Should You Pay the Fine for Your St. Louis City Red Light Camera Ticket?
If you pay the fine for your St. Louis City red light camera ticket, it is considered a voluntary payment. The City has to put that money in escrow and can not use it until after the Missouri Supreme Court determines whether or not the City’s red light camera ordinance is constitutional.
No Refund if St. Louis City Red Light Camera Law is Declared Unconstitutional
If you pay your St. Louis City red light camera fine and the Missouri Supreme Court later decides that the red light camera ordinance is unconstitutional and the City has to shut the cameras down, you will not receive a refund.
Can St. Louis City Demand Payment Later for an Unpaid Red Light Camera Fine?
St. Louis City can demand payment later from drivers who failed to pay red light camera ticket fines if the Missouri Supreme Court determines that the City’s red light camera law is legal and valid. It is doubtful that any penalty or interest will be added to the original fine.
St. Louis City Red Light Camera Tickets Are Non-Moving, No-Point Violations
Red light camera tickets in St. Louis City are non-moving, no-point violations that do not affect your driving record or insurance rates. However, in some courts in the St. Louis area, such as Edmundson, St. Peters, and Hannibal, a red light camera ticket is a 2-point moving violation that will be reported on your driving record.
If you receive a Missouri red light camera ticket that is a point violation, you can hire a traffic law attorney to get your red light camera ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point violation.
PLEASE NOTE: Not all courts handle unpaid red light camera tickets in the way St. Louis City does. Many St. Louis area municipal courts issue warrants if you don’t pay the fine for your red light camera ticket. The information in this blog post pertains to red light camera tickets issued by St. Louis City Municipal Court only.