Cameras to Monitor Speeding Through Illinois Work Zones

By: AP News
By: AP News

State troopers will begin patrolling selected work zones in July with cameras similar to ones now used in some larger cities to ticket drivers who flag stop signs or run red lights.

Transportation officials say the radar-equipped cameras will take pictures capturing both the license plate of the speeding car and the driver. Violators will then receive a ticket in the mail.

Cameras were authorized under a 2004 law intended to reduce work zone accidents that killed 83 people in 2003 and 2004, including seven workers.

Transportation officials say the cameras will be a first on Illinois highways. State police from District 16 in Pecatonica say they are unsure if these traffic controlling cameras will be implemented in the stateline, but should know by sometime next month.

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