Illinois Lawmakers Have Mixed Reviews of Installing Speed Cameras

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BELLEVILLE, (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have mixed thoughts on a proposal that would allow communities in the state to install speed cameras, which have only been allowed in Chicago.

The measure is generating discussion among legislators.

Some legislators are calling the devices a "cop-in-a-box," and saying they think they harass drivers. Others say they can increase safety.

Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.

Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones -- areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines.

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