Fatal hit and run prompts additional radar enforcement along Gravois

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louis city police have started radar enforcement along Gravois in south city following the fatal hit-and-run of 12-year-old Clinton Vorce in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.

"Speed is involved in about 90 percent of all accidents" said First District Captain Steven Mueller.  "We certainly had a horrific accident not too long ago... and we want to try to make the neighborhood as safe as possible as we do in any event" he said.

Effective immediately, patrol officers and officers in the traffic division are working radar enforcement either on duty or on overtime to monitor traffic for both vehicles and pedestrians.  The radar enforcement isn't a new initiative, but had been put on hold as the department shifted patrol tactics earlier in the summer.

"We had begun a radar enforcement for a while and then the incidents out of town where the officers were massacred came about and then we shifted into more of an officer protective mode" said Captain Mueller.

Bevo Mill resident, Jonathan Adams, frequently walks around the neighborhood and crosses Gravois.  He welcomes the idea of additional traffic enforcement.

"I think it’s a great idea, it will help slow things down for us vehicle wise and it will make it a little bit more safer if not a whole lot safer" Adams said.