Jackson County, Missouri Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs has decided Kansas City’s red-light safety camera ordinance fits with Missouri state law.
The judge, who ruled on Thursday, also said the red-light camera ordinance has the needed protections under the Missouri and U.S. Constitutions, according to a news release from American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS).
ATS also provides the red-light camera technology in nearby Arnold.
Young’s decision dismissed the class action lawsuit against Kansas City and the city’s red-light safety camera provider, American Traffic Solutions.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs said the city’s ordinance conflicted with state law and was unconstitutional.
Young’s decision marks the fourth loss of class-action lawsuits challenging cities’ red-light safety camera ordinances in Missouri.
Judge Youngs’ ruling is similar to rulings at the Missouri Court of Appeals’ that upheld the Creve Coeur red-light safety camera ordinance in 2011, the St. Louis County Circuit Court judges’ decisions on lawsuits against Creve Coeur and Florissant's red-light camera ordinances this year, and a federal judge's decision that said the City of Arnold's red-light camera ordinanace is legal and constitutional.