Speed camera tickets issued in St. Ann, Missouri are non-moving, no-point infractions, similar to the infamous St. Louis red-light camera tickets.
St. Ann speed cameras are mounted on vehicles parked on the side of the road, which record drivers who exceed the speed limit in the “school/park zone” on Ashby Road in St. Ann. Tickets are mailed to drivers, rather than being personally issued to the driver by a police officer in the course of a traditional traffic stop.
Speed Camera Tickets Are Legal In Certain Zones
Speed cameras are legal in areas of St. Louis such as school zones, construction zones, “Travel Safe” zones, and other high-traffic areas where it is considered too dangerous for a police officer to pull over a driver and personally issue a traffic ticket.
Some Courts Issue Warrants if You Don’t Pay a Speed Camera Fine
St. Ann Municipal Court – If you don’t pay the fine for a St. Ann speed camera ticket (or red-light camera ticket), the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest.
Bel Ridge Municipal Court – If you appear in court and plead guilty to a speed camera violation but you fail to pay the fine, Bel Ridge will issue a warrant for your arrest.
Cool Valley Municipal Court – If you fail to pay a Cool Valley speed camera ticket, the court will send you two notices, then a summons to appear in court, before finally issuing a warrant.
Pine Lawn Municipal Court has speed cameras but currently does not issue warrants if drivers fail to pay the fines.
Hillsdale Municipal Court issues speed camera tickets but those tickets are not processed through the court’s computer system, so they don’t issue warrants or Failure to Appear charges if a drivers doesn’t pay the fine.
St. Ann Speed Camera Ticket Fines Can Be Paid Online
The fine for a St. Ann speed camera ticket is $126.50, payable online. It may be a bit confusing to drivers who receive one of these speed camera tickets because the ticket states that it is a summons to appear in court, but you can pay the fine online and you don’t have to go to court.
Click here for the St. Ann Municipal Court’s web page regarding speed camera fines. Or, you can call the St. Ann Municipal Court Clerk at (314) 428-6811 if you have any questions about your speed camera ticket.
Too Many Points Will Cause Your Driver’s License To Be Suspended Or Revoked
If you receive a traffic ticket for a moving violation, points will be added to your driving record. Your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked if you accumulate too many points on your driving record within a certain period of time: 12 points within 12 months will cause your license to be revoked for 1 year; 8 points within 18 months will cause your license to be suspended for 30 days, if it’s your first suspension.
For more information, go to this page about driver’s license points and how long points stay on your driving record.
Hire an Attorney To Fight Your Speeding Ticket If It’s a Moving Violation
For “regular” speeding tickets that are moving violations causing points to be added to your driving record, you can hire a traffic law attorney to get the ticket amended to a non-moving, no-point infraction.
If the ticket is already a no-point, non-moving violation, such as a speed camera ticket or a red-light camera ticket, then my usual recommendation is to pay the fine, thus avoiding the added expense of a trial.
(This blog post was updated on February 14, 2013.)