This November, citizens of Saint Charles County will have the ability to amend their county charter to prohibit the use of red light cameras countywide. This charter amendment will be titled Proposition Red Light Camera.
At the October 9th, 2014 meeting, 1st Capitol Township Committeeman Joe Wetter introduced the resolution below, and the committee voted unanimously in favor of it. We would like to urge all Republican voters in Saint Charles County to join us in supporting a YES vote on Proposition Red Light Camera!
WHEREAS, article one of the Missouri Bill of Rights states that “all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole”, and
WHEREAS, section three of the Missouri Bill of Rights states that “the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof”; and
WHEREAS, red light cameras are an ineffective way to regulate intersections, and
WHEREAS, red light cameras are an unethical way to raise revenue, and
WHEREAS, red light cameras are an unsafe tool to use to regulate intersections, and
WHEREAS, the courts in the state of Missouri are still reviewing the legality of red light cameras, and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Court of Appeals stated in their ruling on the city of Arnold’s red light program that “This would infringe upon a fundamental canon and procedure of this country’s and this state’s criminal justice system: an accused is deemed innocent until proven guilty.”; and
WHEREAS, roughly 50% of money collected by red light camera tickets go to local municipalities, and
WHEREAS, the other 50% of money collected by red light camera tickets goes to out of state corporations:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Saint Charles County Republican Central Committee hereby declares that red light cameras are unethical, unwarranted, and unwanted in Saint Charles County, and urge the Republican voters of Saint Charles County to join us in voting YES on “Proposition Red Light Camera” on the November ballot.
This post was made by Joe Wetter.