ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Signs dotting parts of Interstate 70 now warn motorists that they’re in a “Travel Safe Zone”.
“If they do get a ticket for speeding or other moving violations, the fines can be doubled,” explains Larry Welty, MoDOT’s area engineer for north St. Louis County.
However, the warning comes too late for many motorists, who found out the hard way that they’d be facing a $200 fine instead of $100 because they were 10-miles per hour over the speed limit, which is 60.
Welty says MoDOT started putting up the signs between Cypress and the St. Louis city limits at the request of several municipalities along the corridor.
“Hopefully to improve driver behavior and make the roads safer,” Welty says.
But some of those municipalities have been handing out the higher fines since last summer.
Welty points out they’re not trying to keep the double-fine zones a secret — they’ve put up bright orange markers and electronic message boards warning drivers about the policy.
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