A speed camera has been set up on Interstate 170 in the St. Louis suburb of Charlack to catch drivers in violation of the speed limit. According to the Associated Press, the camera was placed on the Lackland overpass last week. The fine for those caught by the camera is $100. The bill is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle in violation of the speed limit.
The new camera comes just as Arizona ends its own camera program to capture speeding violations along highways across the state. The Associated Press reported that the two-year program, described as "groundbreaking," led to the placement of 76 fixed and mobile cameras. The cameras will stop operating Thursday night.
The use of speed cameras is not without criticism. An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that St. Louis Police Chief Tim Fitch disagrees with the placement of a camera in Charlack. There has also been criticism that the camera is being used to create more revenue for the town.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, while speed cameras exist on the streets of cities around Missouri, including Columbia, the camera in Charlack is the first in the state to be used on an interstate highway.
Should cameras be used to enforce highway speed limits?