Local Ill. lawmaker wants to bring speed cameras to Metro East

Local Ill. lawmaker wants to bring speed cameras to Metro East

Local Ill. lawmaker wants to bring speed cameras to Metro East

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 6:22 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker from Collinsville wants to bring speed cameras to the Metro East. 

Collinsville Democrat Rep. Jay Hoffman is generating discussion among legislators on a proposal that’d allow communities around the state to install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.

Murphysboro Republican Rep. Mike Bost calls the devices a “cop-in-a-box,” and says his constituents think they harass drivers.

But Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, says 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.

If Hoffman's proposal goes forward, the use of speed cameras would likely be limited to certain areas, like school or construction zones.

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