For Release: February 26, 2020
Contact: Lt. Tim Burger
Interstate 270 Hazardous Driving Enforcement
St. Louis, Missouri – Police departments from around the north St. Louis County area that services Interstate 270 are stepping up enforcement. The Bridgeton, Florissant, Hazelwood, St. Louis County Police Departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have formed an I-270 Enforcement Group to curtail dangerous, aggressive and hazardous driving on the areas busiest interstate. The purpose of this enforcement campaign is to reduce the dangerous driving that is occurring everyday on the highway ahead of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s major construction project, slated to begin in spring 2020. This project will affect motorist along the I-270 corridor from near Interstate 70 to Bellefontaine Rd.
These police departments will work together during the coming months to present a high visibility enforcement effort. Officers from the various departments will work as teams to focus on the most serious traffic violators. That focus will be on hazardous moving violations and seatbelt enforcement on I-270. Hazardous moving violations such as speeding, following too close, improper lane use and changes are the most common factors in crashes along this area of Interstate 270. By working together these departments are encouraging safe driving and voluntary compliance of traffic laws through high visibility and enforcement efforts.
A study of accident statistics since 2017 revealed there were over 1800 traffic crashes on I-270 in the area between Bridgeton, Hazelwood and Florissant. In these crashes over 1200 of them were reported to have hazardous moving violations attributed to the cause of the incident. There were over 655 of them that involved injuries and 12 fatalities. The enforcement campaign will focus on the times and days where hazardous moving violations are most prevalent and enforcement can be most useful.
The campaign is being partially funded through on-going MoDOT traffic safety grants. The enforcement campaign will continue as the need to conduct operations is necessary and in coordination with scheduled MoDOT construction operations.