(KMOV) –- Squad cars are lining Interstate 70 just waiting to catch speeders and issue $200 fines.
The seven mile stretch spans eight small cities roughly from Lambert Airport to the St. Louis City line,
The idea is to cut down on crashes. So far, St. Ann has issued about 6,000 tickets to speeders, which translates into hefty profits. At $200 per ticket, 6,000 tickets would bring in $1.2 million.
The Missouri Department of Transportation marks the seven mile stretch a “Travel Safe Zone,” allowing cities to double fines. However, by law, cities can only collect 35 percent of their revenue through these types of fines.
To catch speeders, officers use an assembly-like line with several chase cars set up, meaning drivers are caught before they even see officers. And often times, officers are sitting in an unmarked car or a building.
Detective Ray Albers of the St. Ann Police Department says accidents in St. Ann have dropped 70 percent. From January 1 through July 19, 2010, there were 42 accidents on I-70 in St. Ann. But after the new policies were implemented, since July 20 there have only been 11 accidents.