ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- Don’t be surprised if you see a speed camera rigged to a truck in St. Louis County. Moline Acres Police are using the speed camera primarily on a state road, Highway 367. And don’t think they’re breaking any MODOT regulations. As long as an officer is with the camera it can be used anywhere.
There’s no question, speed cameras stir up strong reactions. Moline Acres Police Chief David Dorn says their camera is all about safety. The camera has been in use for about a month. A mast is attached to a white pickup truck. The camera is on top of the mast. When News 4 saw it Tuesday evening, the windows were all covered with sun shade devices. Chief Dorn says an officer is always in the truck with the speed camera.
There are no warning signs that you are approaching a speed camera zone.
“This is a mobile speed camera and it’s just like an officer shooting radar,” said Dorn. “When my officers go out and shoot the radar gun there’re no signs we have to put up.”
MODOT has some authority regarding speed cameras that do not have any staffing on location. The Missouri Highway Commission handed down the guidelines that they are only to be used in work zones, school zones, and safe zones. Any municipality can get around these guidelines.
“Cities can get around this by staffing the equipment,” said Tom Blair, MODOT Assistant District Engineer. “MODOT has no jurisdiction to tell a law enforcement officer how to enforce traffic laws.”
The Moline Acres speed camera is primarily used on Highway 367, also known as Lewis and Clark Boulevard. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour. Chief Dorn says the camera has regularly caught people going 60, 70, and 80 miles per hour. And he says they have the camera set to only catch people going at least 10 MPH over the speed limit.
Dorn says there is not a monetary goal from the tickets.
“This is a safety issue,” he said. “And we have had people get hit on 367, school kids trying to cross the street.”
There is no legislation or state direction concerning speed cameras that are staffed by an officer. Potentially you could drive one highway through several municipalities and see several speed cameras.
“The key here is if you obey the law,” said Dorn. “Then you won’t have to worry about getting a ticket.”