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Group of cities wants speed camera on I-70 near St. Louis

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A group of cities in north St. Louis County want to install speed cameras on Interstate 70.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Ann and other cities agreed this week to apply to the Missouri Department of Transportation for permission to use the cameras.

St. Ann Police Chief Robert Schrader says the cities would rotate the speed cameras at various spots along a seven-mile stretch of the interstate. Police agencies in eight cities decided last year to create a "Travel Safe Zone" by stepping up speeding patrols and doubling speeding fines.

Schrader says he is hoping that three or more of the cities will use the cameras. He says cities whose ordinances already permit speed cameras might post them as soon as the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Recently it came to light in a report from KMOV that St. Ann has also employed the technique of clocking drivers' speeds from a three-story office building overlooking the interstate. The officer in the building then radios to patrol cars on the ground to pursue those who are clocked as speeding.