Comments: Bad Cop, Worse Cop

I lived in St. Louis from 1988-90 and just about every time I went through Bel-Ridge on I-170, there was a speed trap under either the I-70 overpass or the Nat Bridge one. Sometimes both.

Sad to see that 15 years later it hasn't changed.

Posted by: Chris at April 4, 2004 at 08:00 PM

Talk about living in the past. Don't these boobs realize that they can automate this revenue stream. RED LIGHT cameras have been in vogue for a number of years and COMING SOON, TO A CITY NEAR YOU speeding cameras. Yes, no longer will they need to pay for manpower to take your money.

Posted by: thirdfinger at April 5, 2004 at 06:05 AM

I lived in St. Louis County 1986-1997, and there were several known speed traps, Bel-Ridge among them. Locals knew where they were and slowed down in those areas. Only the dumb and the visitor got caught. It's the favorite kind of tax for a small municipality - one paid by people who don't live there or are too stupid to complain anyway.

Posted by: Dan at April 5, 2004 at 09:39 AM

Bel-Ridge got busted by the state, back in 2000 I think, for manipulating a stop light on Natural Bridge at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus from flashing yellow to red in order to trap unsuspecting drivers. These greedy bastards flipped the switch one too many times, caused a rear-end collision, earned the city a lawsuit and a state-installed governor on the stoplight, all in one fell swoop. Judging from this article, the "learning curve" is just too steep for some elected officials and their bureaucratic minions...

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Posted by: Barbara O'B. at April 5, 2004 at 02:53 PM

Last year the Chicago PD took to placing a decoy patrol car near an overpass on the Dan Ryan Expressway. The intended effect, I gather, is to cause drivers to slow down without having to put an actual police officer out there all day.

When passing it one day I saw that some jokster had put a big Dunkin Donuts box on the hood (probably weighed down with rocks inside or something). It made me laugh, anyway.

Posted by: Haws at April 5, 2004 at 04:19 PM