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“ARC Zone” Tickets Mean Higher Fines for St. Louis Drivers

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 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.)


  1. Sahra on October 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I was driving on I-70 near Normandy and saw NO SIGNS that the area was an “ARC Zone”. When the officer pulled me over, he asked me what the speed limit was and I said “65”. I was far away from home so I was unfamiliar with the speed limits. He said it was 55mph and administered a sobriety check. I passed and he wrote me a speeding ticket saying I was driving 65mph in a 55mph zone, he mentioned nothing what so ever regarding an ARC Zone. I am 100% supporting the safety of drivers on highways such as I-70 & I-44 however the officer should have given me a warning as well as notified me of this “ARC Zone”

    • Andrea Storey Rogers on October 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

      So sorry to hear that. The Normandy police have been issuing a lot of ARC Zone tickets lately, so you’re not alone. The “ARC Zone” is also called a “Travel Safe Zone” and the signs warning drivers of the zone are pretty small.

  2. Samir on January 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Any chance an arc speeding ticket in pine lawn can be thrown out if the officer didn’t indicate on the ticket how he determined that I was speeding?

    • Andrea Storey Rogers on January 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

      No, I don’t believe you can get your ticket dismissed because the police officer neglected to include that information on the ticket. Any errors or omissions of information on a speeding ticket can be corrected by the police officer at any time, up to and including the day of trial.

  3. robert shamel on March 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I drive the 70 corridor several times a day. The presence of 10 or 12 police cars on the side of the highway every day causes people to slow down from 60 to 35 or 40 miles an hour. I have to believe people slamming on their brakes on the highway is alot more dangerous than traffic flowing steady at 60 or 65 miles an hour. I know of three people who have been involved in accidents because someone slammed on brakes in the fast lane. People cant afford regular priced tickets. let alone special increased prices! People coming to St.Louis leave the airport and get a $250 ticket? welcome to ST.Louis! have a nice day!

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