MoDOT, Palmyra Police, cracking down on speeding
PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) - The Missouri Department of Transportation and Palmyra Police Department said they are getting ready to focus on their speed enforcement on Feb. 11. With a state grant, police officers will be paid overtime so more officers can patrol the roads, particularly watching out for speeders.
Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue said with the shortage of police officers right now, more people are taking advantage of that to break speeding laws.
“The other day we had a lady from St. Louis that was traveling 110 miles per hour in a 55 posted speed zone,” Bogue said. “I think the absence of police presence on the roadways has made motorists more complacent. You know, if they don’t see police, they maybe tend to speed a little bit more.”
Bogue said 40 percent of road deaths in Missouri are attributed to speeding.
With a huge increase in deaths on the roads in 2021, he said this grant will go to good use to hopefully, once again, have a bigger law enforcement presence on Missouri roads, especially since many speeders get away with it being so close to the state border.
Local commuters who obey traffic laws said they want change, too, as it is unsafe for them.
Eathan Rockhold was driving through west Quincy on Tuesday morning. He said he’s been taking the same route to Manchester Tank every day for years and said he used to see more law enforcement on the roads, especially right after passing through on Bayview Bridge.
“As long as you get past that bridge, you really won’t see another cop until you get to Taylor, Missouri,” Rockhold said.
Rockhold, a father of a young child and newborn baby, said he worries for their safety as in these icy conditions he will often see drivers speeding by, or driving way to close behind him.
“The sad part is, if you’re going the speed limit, a lot of people will honk at you, a lot of people will pull up behind you, ride your tail butt, and it can be a really scary experience with my son,” Rockhold said. “And people are doing it a lot more nowadays.”
Rockhold said he worries for when his children go to school as he sees people speeding through designated school zones.
“I believe some people just take it more of a...a suggestion or a gesture to go 20 miles and not one of the law,” Rockhold said.
Bogue warns drivers who regularly speed to start changing their habits soon, or they will more likely get ticketed.
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