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Court of appeals again strikes down camera enforcement measure

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

The City of Moline Acres’s ordinance authorizing camera enforcement of speed limits was held “void and unenforceable” last month, in yet another case signaling significant road blocks for the future of traffic camera enforcement programs. In City of Moline Acres v. Charles W. Brennan the Court of Appeals held that because the ordinance imposed strict liability on the owner of the vehicle rather than on the driver, it conflicted with state law, in keeping with its prior holding in Edwards v. City of Ellisville. All municipalities with any form of camera enforcement program are urged to consult with their city attorneys to evaluate the programs in light of this and other recent decisions.