From: Hannibal Police Department
Date: October 5, 2011
Contact: Lt. John Zerbonia
The red-light enforcement cameras located at the intersections of U.S. 61 and MM/James Road are scheduled to be tentatively installed and functional by the end of the 1st week of November. There will be signage posted prior to the intersection warning motorists of the red-light camera enforcement. Those receiving citations will receive photographic evidence displaying the violation with pictures of the driver, vehicle plate and the vehicle violating the red-light signal and have the opportunity to view the violation on-line if they desire. Motorists will be granted the same level of due process as any other traffic citation allowing them the opportunity to plead their case before a judge if they choose. If the motorists pleads guilty or is found guilty there will be no points accessed against their driver’s license only a fine. “With a typical traffic violation the officer may witness the violation and issues a citation with no ability to review the incident. In the case of the red-light camera the officer and motorist can view the violation multiple times if they wish. It is similar to instant replay in professional sports. It allows the opportunity for critical review thus removing any doubt as to rather or not a violation occurred, stated Lt. John Zerbonia. The red-light cameras won’t replace the officers physically enforcing traffic violations however; they aid us in our attempt in controlling the high volume of traffic experienced on U.S. 61 practically at the intersections which is a public safety concern.