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Red light cameras are up and snapping

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – It's now easier to get caught running a red light at some intersections in St. Louis.

Red light enforcement cameras began operating today (Friday) at Hampton and Wilson and Hampton and Chippewa.

For the first 30 days drivers who run red lights at those locations will only receive a warning in the mail, but after that the fine will be between $100-$125.

Officials say they're still ironing that out.

But Police Chief Joe Mokwa says the red light cameras are about public safety not revenue.

"It's our hope that this will reduce traffic accidents in the city," Mokwa said. "It's meant to be positive, and hopefully the community will embrace the idea."

Mokwa says there were 76 accidents in 2005 at the two intersections where cameras now are operating.

At least eight more cameras will go up at intersections around the city in the pilot program.

American Traffic Solutions is installing the system at no cost to the city, but the company will receive about a third of the traffic fines.