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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:30

ESL using cameras to catch speeders

   East St. Louis Police are the latest in the metro area to use cameras to try to catch dangerous drivers.   Monday East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore announced his department is using two new radar-equipped cameras to catch speeders.  
   Like other traffic cameras in the area, tickets are issued to the car's owner based on the license plate. But unlike other cameras, these are hand-held by officers stationed on surface streets and interstates.  
   Chief Floore tells Fox 2 News using the cameras isn't about generating revenue. "This is pure for safety and safety only," Floore said.  "This is merely to get drivers to slow down in our venue."
   East St. Louis Police Captain Bobby Cole tells Fox 2 News the cameras are making the streets safer for everyone.  "It takes the officer out of harm's way also," Cole said.  "If we’re up on a highway or in a safety zone or a school zone, the officer doesn't have to get out in traffic now."
   The tickets carry fines of 100-to-280 dollars.  But no points are assessed, and the vehicle owner can ask police to transfer the ticket to the actual driver at the time the car was speeding.  
 
Published in Around Town
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 03:50

ESL using cameras to catch speeders

   East St. Louis Police are the latest in the metro area to use cameras to try to catch dangerous drivers.   Monday East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore announced his department is using two new radar-equipped cameras to catch speeders.  
   Like other traffic cameras in the area, tickets are issued to the car's owner based on the license plate. But unlike other cameras, these are hand-held by officers stationed on surface streets and interstates.  
   Chief Floore tells Fox 2 News using the cameras isn't about generating revenue. "This is pure for safety and safety only," Floore said.  "This is merely to get drivers to slow down in our venue."
   East St. Louis Police Captain Bobby Cole tells Fox 2 News the cameras are making the streets safer for everyone.  "It takes the officer out of harm's way also," Cole said.  "If we’re up on a highway or in a safety zone or a school zone, the officer doesn't have to get out in traffic now."
   The tickets carry fines of 100-to-280 dollars.  But no points are assessed, and the vehicle owner can ask police to transfer the ticket to the actual driver at the time the car was speeding.  
 
Published in Local News
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 03:25

IL police working overtime to keep roads safe

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State and local police officials will be working overtime during the New Year's holiday to ensure motorists are sober and buckled up.
   The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the state said Monday their aim is to prevent fatal motor crashes and ring in 2014 with a safe start.
   Hundreds of additional hours funded with federal money through IDOT will keep law enforcement officials on the road working overtime with roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones.
   IDOT crash data show from 2008 through 2012 during the New Year holiday, 38 people died in crashes on public roads. Forty percent of those died in accidents in which at least one driver had been injured.
Published in Local News

   Illinois State Police are preparing to launch Operation Fatal 4 over Labor Day weekend -- one the busiest driving periods on Illinois roadways.  

   Troopers will saturate the interstates and local roadways looking for drivers committing the four most common traffic violations:  Speeding, DUI, seat belt violation, and distracted driving.  ISP officials say drivers who choose to violate the law face fines and possible jail time.  

   This is the seventh year of the Fatal 4 Mission.  Last year, troopers made more than 90 DUI arrests and cited more than 3,300 drivers for speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations over the Labor Day weekend.

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