Smile – you’re on
construction zone camera!
Beginning July 1,
officials in Illinois will enforce new, tougher rules for drivers in
construction work zones. The crackdown –designed to save lives and lower speeds
in construction areas – will include increased fines, the possible loss of a
license and photographic speed enforcement.
According to a press
release from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the State Police and
the Illinois Tollway are teaming up to enforce the new rules. Under the
program, first-time work zone speeders will face a fine of $375, $125 of which
will go toward additional enforcement in the areas by State Police. Second
offenses will carry fines of $1,000 and a 90-day license suspension.
“If you are caught
speeding in a work zone, at minimum you will be looking at a fine of $375,”
said IDOT Secretary Timothy W. Martin. “At worst, you can kill yourself, a
loved one or a worker.”
As part of the
Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones
Act, which was approved in 2004, police are also allowed to use specially
equipped vans that will take photographs of speeding vehicles in construction
The new trucks will
begin rolling in July. The cameras are designed to take a clear picture of the
driver and vehicle, its speed and license plate. However, the registered owner
will not be liable if someone else is behind the wheel of his or her vehicle.
to work zone details will take a zero tolerance approach when issuing citations
to speed limit violators,” said Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent.
“The message is clear – slow down. We’re serious about work zone safety.”