St. Louis Angles to Bring Back its Traffic-Camera Scam

While we wait breathlessly to see whether Shadow Mayor Rex Sinquefield’s multimillion-dollar inquiry into whether airport-privatization is a good idea — an undertaking we all recognize as impartial even though it’s one of his libertarian world’s top priorities and he only gets much of the money back if the answer is “yes” — the city is now embarking on another quest of purely intellectual intrigue: Should it reinstate red-light traffic cameras?

It was announced last week that the city Street Department is soliciting proposals from private companies to reinstate the cameras, which were shut down in 2015 when the Missouri Supreme Court rightly found them unconstitutional because of the assumption that the owner of the car was operating the vehicle when it allegedly ran a red light.