ST. ANN, Mo. (KSDK) - One local driver admits that he has a heavy foot - it's the speeding fine that he's disputing.
Computer repair man Mike Moser was running behind, so he pushed the pedal to the metal as he drove on westbound Interstate 70 near the airport last month. He was then pulled over by St. Ann police.
"They gave me a ticket for doing 17 over the speed limit," he said. "And it was in an accident reduction corridor, which means that the fines are supposed to be doubling."
At least that's what the signs said. But when he took a closer look at his ticket, he saw that his fine was actually 325 percent of what it should have been.
Moser expect his ticket to be double the fine of $68.50, or $137. His ticket listed his fine at $250.
"I don't have a problem paying the fine, and I don't even have a problem paying double the fine, but when you are charging whatever you want to charge, then I have a problem with it," he said.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says St. Ann and seven other north county communities return to the same seven mile stretch as the accident reduction corridor, and each city sets its own fines - which could cost up to $1,000.
If a state patrolman writes a ticket on this stretch, the double fine applies to the Missouri State Highway Patrolmen who writes the tickets.
The state does not require St. Ann to keep track of the number of tickets issued in the accident reduction corridor - so the city says it can't tell us how much money those tickets generated. A city administrative said, however, that St. Ann collected $2.8 million in fines in 2011 - money that Jimenez admits helps the city.
"We've had our parks, streets, everything else has been sustained because, I'm sure, because of those fines that people have received," he said.
Moser, meanwhile, has hired an attorney and gotten his speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. He'll be out nearly $400.
"So they made some money, but lost a lot of money too," he said.