Ellisville to vote on doubling fines in speeding zones

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 9:50 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Speeding tickets could cost a whole lot more in one west St. Louis County town.

Wednesday the Ellisville City Council will decide whether to double fines in areas where the speed limit is 30mph or less.

Every city leader who spoke to News 4 says it’s a safety issue, and not about the money.

The vote it would also give the council the power to create special enforcement areas anywhere they would want, where fines would also double.

It was brought to the table after residents on Pierside Lane kept calling police about the speeders from Kiefer Creek Road to Old State Highway.

The police chief told News 4 while officers write a lot of tickets in that area, more needs to be done to encourage drivers to slow down.

Councilmember Mick Cahill is on board with raising the fines.

“You get cut throughs or people trying to get through that neighborhood as fast as they can with no concern for the residents, and that’s the problem,” he said. “We have issues everyday there.

If the resolution passes, it would take effect in 30 days. 

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