Crestwood triples some fines for speeding in school zones

The city of Crestwood is doubling and tripling the fines for motorists caught speeding in school zones

Kevin Killeen
August 12, 2019 - 8:54 am

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CRESTWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) — Hoping to prevent a child getting struck, the city of Crestwood is doubling and tripling the fines for motorists caught speeding in school zones.

On busy Sappington Road, the traffic races past Crestwood Elementary school, despite all the speeding tickets Police Chief Ron Compton says they've been giving out.  

"We haven't had accidents, but with kids crossing the street to get to the schools, maybe some near-misses. It's gotten to a point where we don't want anything worse than a 'near-miss.'"

Compton says this comes from years of watching and observing traffic there.

"We've had cars sitting at the schools for the last several years," Compton told KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "Police cars are running radar and we continue to have people speed. It's gotten to the point where aldermen have had to take action."

Under the new law, drivers caught going up to six to ten miles an hour over could pay $121 plus court costs, drivers caught going 11 to 25 miles an hour over could pay $141 to $466 plus court costs. 

More signs will be going up to warn drivers of the school zone speeds in the morning and afternoon, when kids are coming and going.  

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