Motorists in Missouri should be more cautious the next time they are driving on state highways.
According to The Kansas City Star, The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has implemented a new course of action for regulating speed limits and enforcing traffic signals on state highways.
This policy was approved on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
It calls for an analysis presenting safety concerns and regulates the signs that warn motorists of cameras.
Also, any tickets issued must be done so by certified police officers. “The policy provides better guidance on how the cameras can be used and more oversight to make sure the cameras are used to increase safety and prevent injuries and death,” MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said.
With this policy in effect, The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission of MoDOT lifted a 3-month-old suspension on new photo enforcement zones.
During the time of suspension, MoDOT researched how well the cameras enforced traffic laws (such as speed limit and red light laws) to determine if any additional changes would be needed.
The policy is effective immediately, but before new cameras are installed, a study and 30-month-long public-awareness campaign must be conducted.
While the cameras are in operation, the local agencies using the cameras must provide continuous safety and ticket citation data.
“Road safety camera programs save lives,” American Traffic Solutions President and CEO James Tuton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “And while there is no question this new policy will change the way cameras are placed in Missouri, we’re hopeful that it can be implemented without changing the program’s effectiveness.”
Before the policy was enacted, Missouri State highways had an informal way of regulating red light camera systems at the state level and had no policy for speed cameras.
Now that the newpolicy has been enacted, Missouri motorists should make sure to drive cautiously, regardless of the presence of an actual officer.