Red-light cameras could make a return to St. Louis streets

They haven’t been used in St. Louis and most of the rest of Missouri since state Supreme Court rulings in 2015 effectively set up new restrictions on their use.

Mayor Lyda Krewson said Wednesday that the goal is to improve traffic law enforcement in a city with a chronic shortage of police officers.

“This isn’t about revenue at all; it’s about how we can have safer streets,” she said. “Anybody who drives up and down Kingshighway or Grand, or Gravois or Natural Bridge, sees the speeding and red-light running.”

Krewson and her director of operations, Todd Waelterman, emphasized that a decision to bring back the cameras has yet to be made. That will depend on their cost and other factors.