Troopers ticketing in work zone today
By Susan Weich

ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- Troopers will be conducting a special traffic enforcement in a construction zone on Interstate 170 today that could put a big dent in a motorist's Christmas budget.

Those ticketed while workers are on site and fee signs are posted will be assessed a $250 fine above the regular ticket cost. That could bring fines of up to $600.

A similar enforcement last month in St. Charles County snagged 92 drivers.

Today's patrol will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on I-170 between Page Boulevard and Ladue Road.

Officials say the enforcement is a reminder to motorists that they must slow down for construction workers.

Three years ago, 12 people were killed in construction zones, said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Two years ago, the number climbed to 15, and last year it reached 19.

“It's escalating, and we're really concerned about that so that's why the added enforcement,” Nothum said. “We've been doing this now for about a year and a half so we hope to see a good reduction -- at least in the St Louis area -- for fatalities in work zones. We're keeping our fingers crossed.”

Nothum said troopers picked today's enforcement site after hearing concerns about the area from Missouri Department of Transportation officials and construction workers.

Troopers will be shooting radar from a MoDoT dump truck and a pickup truck.

“By the time you check your speed, the only trooper you're going to see is going to be the one stopping you,” Nothum said.