If you are caught speeding in an ARC Zone (Accident Reduction Corridor or Travel Safe Zone) in St. Louis, your speeding ticket fine will be higher than if you were in a regular speed zone.
What is an ARC Zone?
In an effort to make drivers slow down in areas where there have been lots of accidents, police departments in eight St. Louis municipalities in North St. Louis County have established a seven-mile stretch along I-70 as an Accident Reduction Corridor, also known as an ARC Zone or Travel Safe Zone.
The signs notifying you that you are in an ARC Zone are few and hard to see, and the police heavily patrol the St. Louis ARC Zone.
Where is the ARC Zone in St. Louis?
The eight St. Louis municipalities in the Accident Reduction Corridor are St. Ann, Berkeley, Cool Valley, Edmundson, Normandy, Northwoods, Woodson Terrace, and Pine Lawn in North St. Louis County. Police departments in these municipalities decided to establish the ARC Zone to crack down on speeders after the Missouri Department of Transportation reported that, in 2009, there were 3,000 car crashes in the east bound lanes of this area alone.
The increased enforcement in the ARC Zone/Travel Safe Zone began on July 1, 2011 and there are no plans to end the increased police presence in this area. St. Ann Police Chief Richard Schrader said in a Fox 2 news report, “It’s not for a weekend. It’s not for two or three months. It is from now on.”
Can a Lawyer Get an ARC Zone Speeding Ticket Fixed?
A traffic law attorney can negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney to have your ARC zone speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving, no-point infraction, such as “Illegal Parking.”
How Much is the Fine for an ARC Zone Speeding Ticket in St. Louis?
The amount of the fine for an ARC Zone speeding ticket in St. Louis is slightly different in each court.
For example, if you receive an ARC Zone speeding ticket in St. Ann Municipal Court for driving 71 in a 60 mph zone, the original fine and court costs total $200. If you had received that same ticket in St. Ann for driving the same speed in a regular speed zone (not an ARC Zone), your total fine and court costs would have been only $71.
Total fine and court costs for speeding in the St. Ann ARC Zone:
5-10 miles over – $150
11-15 miles over – $200
16-19 miles over – $250
20-24 miles over – $300
How Much is the Fine if You Hire a Lawyer to Fix an ARC Zone Speeding Ticket?
If you hire an attorney to get your St. Ann ARC Zone speeding ticket for driving 71 in a 60 mph ARC Zone (original fine = $200) reduced to “Illegal Parking,” your new fine and court costs will total $260.
If you receive an ARC Zone speeding ticket in Pine Lawn Municipal Court for driving 71 in a 55 mph ARC Zone, the original fine and court costs total $250. If your attorney is able to get the ARC Zone ticket reduced to “Illegal Parking,” your total fine and court costs will be $275.
For an ARC Zone speeding ticket in Normandy Municipal Court for driving 70 in a 55 mph ARC Zone, the original fine and court costs total $250. After your attorney negotiates a plea bargain to have your ticket reduced to “Illegal Parking,” the total fine and court costs will be $315.
Price Quote & Estimate of Fine for ARC Zone Tickets
Call St. Louis traffic law attorney Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 or email her at [email protected] for a price quote to get your ARC Zone speeding ticket fixed. Andrea can also give you an estimate of the fine and court costs you will have to pay.
To learn more about Missouri traffic violations, points, fines, and penalties, go to the Traffic Law Resources page of this website.
(This post was updated on February 3, 2013.)