Chesterfield resident and business owner Steve Boriss says that in more than 20 years living in the same house in Chesterfield he has been what most would call a “good citizen.”
“I raised my children here, started my own business, gave employment to six people,” Boriss said.
Boriss said he always seemed to get, on average, one speeding ticket every three years. He said he usually pays a higher fee to have a lawyer fix the ticket. But last time he received a ticket, Chesterfield’s prosecutor said this was the last time he could fix a ticket due to a record of violations.
Boriss said he was fed up with what he says are inconsistent speeding limits and enforcement throughout Chesterfield and St. Louis County.
“I just felt tired of being treated like a criminal,” Boriss said. “I have the lowest car insurance possible, I am a good driver, I just get caught on this speed traps with unusually low speeding limits.”
One of these speed traps, Boriss said, was the stretch of Olive Boulevard in front of Faust Park.
“Going east you had one speed limit, and going west it was a different one,” Boriss said. “That makes no sense.”
After many unsuccessful attempts to bring his cause to Chesterfield’s Police Chief and Mayor, Boriss said, the city council asked MoDOT to review the speed limits there. After a study, MoDOT determined that the speed limit there was low and could be raised to 45 miles per hour. A bill harmonizing speed limits along Olive Blvd/Clarkson Rd is due for second reading and approval at the Chesterfield City Council meeting tonight.
But this did not satisfy Boriss. He pledged to get citizens together to fight unfair speed enforcement practices throughout St. Louis.
Tonight, at the city council meeting, he is announcing the creation of the citizens group FUSE (Freedom from Un-American Speed Enforcement).
“Police departments have made speeding tickets an extra tax to fund themselves,” Boriss said. “Instead of being out catching real criminals, they are using the resources to catch law-abiding citizens who happen to go a little over the speed limit.”
According to his website, some of FUSE’s goals are:
- Develop and distribute municipal legislation to correct the problems of local speed enforcement.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for learning that can improve local speed enforcement legislation and administration.
- Monitor progress in the community and provide feedback.
- Maintain a website to communicate with the community.
Boriss said interested citizens can contact him at 314-434-4100 or email@example.com.