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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.  
 
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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.  
 
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois lawmaker wants communities around the state to be able install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced legislation that'd allow communities of all sizes to install the devices.
 
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.
 
Hoffman is a Belleville Democrat. He says he wants "one uniform law for the whole state."
 
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. Money generated from the tickets can only be used for public safety initiatives, construction or infrastructure maintenance.
 
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