n construction zones, few speeders
By Heather Ratcliffe
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
A line of police cruisers was perched along an Interstate 270 ramp Friday morning with the officers inside stocked up on blank tickets and pens. They waited. And waited. And waited.
"We're fishing in a pond with no fish," said Maryland Heights police Lt. Joe Delia, commander of a special detail targeting construction zone speeders.
Maybe it was the media blitz. Or the well-placed traffic cones. Or fear of stiffer penalties.
Whatever, the slow speed of passing vehicles kept a road repair crew safe and the ticket books closed.
The nine-officer unit near Dorsett Road went back to patrol after two hours without writing one speeding citation.
"This is a good thing," Delia insisted. "... People who drive through here see that we're out watching and enforcing the speed limit."
Police have been watching more closely these days, after motorists hit and killed four construction or MoDOT workers in the St. Louis area this year.