St. Louis suburb to add mobile speed camera

VINITA PARK, Mo. (AP) — First there were red-light cameras, then cameras to catch speeders. Now, the St. Louis suburb of Vinita Park is going a step further, with mobile speed cameras.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/p5EPnl ) reports that Vinita Park aldermen recently voted to add a patrol car equipped with radar detection and cameras that will photograph a speeding car’s license plate. The vehicle’s registered owner will get a ticket in the mail.

Mayor James McGee says a mobile unit allows for more flexibility for speed monitoring than a stationary camera.

The car and equipment are valued at about $100,000. They’re provided by Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, which provides mobile units or red-light cameras to about 250 communities around the nation.

The company is paid $30 per citation.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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