Handheld speed cameras: Needed for safety or a money grab?

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by Brittany Noble / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 5:46 PM

(KMOV.com) - Some Metro East drivers question if the East St. Louis police department is going too far with handheld speed cameras.

One week ago, Rick McGee of Belleville received a ticket. East St. Louis Police clocked him speeding through a construction zone on I-64. The ticket came as a surprise to McGee since he never saw any police cars on the highway.

Police can now issue speeding tickets with radar guns. The violator may never know they were caught, until the ticket is issued in the mail.

East St. Louis Police admit the number of tickets they have written skyrocketed after purchasing the speed cameras.

McGee said the cameras are a money grab for the city, but police told News 4 the cameras are not about filling the city’s coffers.

“It is a way to keep our men and women safe,” said Capt. Cole with East St. Louis Police.

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