Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas advocates for red-light cameras amid rising traffic fatalities in the city

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Kansas City, Missouri – More than ten years since they were last used, there is a new discussion in Kansas City about reintroducing red light cameras. The city had previously removed these cameras in 2013 following a legal challenge that emerged in Eastern Missouri. This legal issue began when two motorists from the St. Louis region argued that they were not driving their cars when the violations occurred at red lights. The dispute eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Now, a decade on, Kansas City’s Mayor Quinton Lucas is advocating for the installation of updated red-light cameras at some of the city’s most perilous intersections. Mayor Lucas has stated that the primary aim of this initiative is to enhance road safety in the city.

“Too many people are speeding, too many people are dying on the roads, too many people are running into issues. We owe it to the people who are driving through Kansas City to keep them safe,” Lucas said to FOX4KC.

Mayor Lucas has pointed out that traffic fatalities in Kansas City have reached their highest level in recent years during 2024, posing a significant concern for all local families. Some residents believe it’s time to bring back red-light cameras to the city. The Kansas City Police Department reports that there have been 44 fatalities due to car accidents this year, an increase from 32 at the same time last year.

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Mayor Lucas emphasizes that reintroducing red light cameras would be just a component of a broader strategy to improve road safety. Alongside this, city officials are pursuing Vision Zero initiatives aimed at reducing vehicle speeds and enhancing safety for pedestrians.

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