Stretch of I-70 will become Travel Safe Zone after number of fat - KMOV.com

Stretch of I-70 will become Travel Safe Zone after number of fatal car crashes

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Stretch of I-70 in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV) Stretch of I-70 in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV)
Amber Redd killed in road rage accident on I-70 in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV) Amber Redd killed in road rage accident on I-70 in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV)

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Drivers in St. Charles County will notice new signs along I-70.

A four mile stretch will now become a Travel Safe Zone in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents. It will stretch from Wentzville Parkway to Route A.

Police say this particular section of interstate has a greater number of accidents compared to similar highways.

The Redd family knows all too well how dangerous the interstate can be. In October 2015, their daughter Amber, 21, was killed in an apparent road rage accident.

Donna Redd, Amber's mother said, "[The driver] slammed on her brakes and Amber swerved to miss her and her car spun and flipped."

Amber was killed, but her 17-year-old sister survived in the accident. The Redd family is not alone. Police say there have been four fatalities along that section of interstate in five years.

"The Wentzville Police Department has worked 160 accidents in the last year between Wentzville Parkway and Route A," said Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Friz.

Police say the Travel Safe Zone will double fines in that section and there will be increased law enforcement.

"We're out there to increase safety, not produce revenue," said Chief Kurt Friz with Wentzville police.

The Redd family says if the bright yellow signs save one life, it will be worth it.

"It has to help," said Robert Redd, father. "It can't hurt."

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