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.