A St. Louis County circuit court judge ordered City of Kinloch offices to appear in court to explain why they allegedly would not allow a citizen to contest a traffic ticket she received last month.
The individual, Kathy Grant of Florissant, received a $125 traffic ticket in the mail on March 6. The ticket accused her of driving 51-mph in a 40-mph speed zone on North Hanley Road in Kinloch on February 16.
Grant denies she was speeding. The ticket was mailed to Grant’s husband but she admits she was the driver of the car, heading to work that day.
The ticket showed a photo of the back of Grant’s car and license plate but no photo of the driver. Also, the ticket did not contain a specific address as to where she was caught speeding.
The ticket payment date for the fine was April 5, however, she gave her ticket to an attorney to handle.
According to court documents, Circuit Court Judge Douglas R. Beach ordered City Manager Justine Blue, Kinloch Mayor Darren Small, and a Kinloch judge, Christopher Bent, to appear in court last week on May 11 to explain why the ticket was not a violation of Missouri law.
The ticket apparently allows the fine to be paid directly to a private company, and was not filed in Kinloch municipal court, according to the order.
Apparently a party had asked the Municipal Court for a trial on the allegations against them. They were told that the notice was not a ticket. At this point, due process was not granted nor is it available to challenge the notice, the judge’s order stated.
The concern is that the notices are misleading to the public that they are part of the court process with due process of law.