Controversial speed cameras up along north St. Louis County road

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by Chris Stanford/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 3:46 PM

(KMOV.com) -- New cameras are on the roads watching drivers, but you’ll have a hard time spotting them.

In front of Charlie Chicken in Country Club Hills there’s a utility box that stands about three-feet tall and hidden inside is a camera pointed directly at traffic on W. Florissant.

“This is deceptive practice to me, because it looks like a transformer for a utility,” said driver Robert Cotton.

Cotton has been caught by a speed camera before in a nearby community.  He said the new camera is simply a way for Country Club Hills to collect cash fast.

When asked if the speed cameras in Country Club Hills were part of a money grab, Mayor David Powell, Sr. said they are a part of a safety program because they’re close to schools. 

Powell would not immediately agree to a recorded interview on the subject of speed cameras and wouldn’t say if the camera has helped the city collect money from speeders. 

Under Missouri law, speed cameras are enforceable in school, construction and safety zones. The law also says drivers have to be informed of speed cameras with a sign posted ahead.  News 4 could not find a sign close to the camera on W. Florissant.

There’s a more common speed camera up in Country Club Hills on Lucas and Hunt, near a box similar to the one in front of Charlie Chicken, but there’s no camera inside.

Stay tuned to News 4 and KMOV.com as we check for further complaints about speed cameras.

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