Red light cameras go dark

The red light camera at 39th and Southwest Trafficway resulted in the most tickets in Midtown, but the cameras are now inactive after two recent court rulings.

Kansas City’s red light cameras, which officials say reduce accidents and raise city revenues, will be on hold for many months.

The city council public safety committee decided last week not to try to rewrite the law after two appeals court rulings went against such city laws.

Instead, the cameras will be inactive while the city appeals a ruling against it to the Missouri Supreme Court. An earlier appeals ruling upheld the camera laws before the two rulings went against them.

The city cameras cover 17 intersections and the one that resulted in the most tickets is in Midtown at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway.

Officials recently reported that the accidents at the 17 intersections declined overall by more than 23 percent from 2010 to 2012.

Cameras also helped with accident reconstruction and even solving crimes. Cameras at 71 Highway and 59st Street provided evidence in a pending shooting murder case on 71st Highway.

Police say they will cover the intersections with more officers while the cameras are in legal limbo.