Local speed camera cluster has some drivers fearing double fines

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:10 PM

(KMOV) – A speed camera cluster in a north St. Louis County neighborhood has some worried they could be fined twice for the same violation.

There are three speed cameras within a few hundred feet of one another on Lucas and Hunt. One was reportedly made to look like a utility box with another at the top of the same pole.

“I don't see why there wouldn't be the potential that you could be ticketed twice,” said Dennis Armour. “They kind of hit me by surprise, about three or four of them hit me by surprise.”

The hot zone has drivers like Armour worried they’ll get ticketed twice since the cameras are pointing in the same direction.

Police Chief Ware said drivers will not and cannot be fined twice with these cameras. He said the cameras focus on opposite directions of traffic, so a repeat violation is unlikely.

While this isn’t the first time the city has taken heat for the camera use, Chief Ware maintains the program is all about safety and not cash.

“There's been no legislation stating that they cannot be used I respect people opinions for or against and I hope they respect mine I choose to use the camera,” said Chief Ware.

There’s no law preventing cities from using speed cameras. State legislators gave the okay for cities statewide to use cameras like these to catch speeders. It would take another law being passed or a state Supreme Court ruling to take them down.

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