If you’re driving in
and spot someone spying on you from inside a van, you’re probably not being
paranoid – the
may very well
be taking your picture.
Last week, the Illinois Department of
Transportation announced that it would soon receive two photo speed enforcement
vans. The vehicles, which will be leased and operated by a third-party vendor
for a monthly cost of about $6,000, will be used to snap pictures of speeding
drivers in construction zones, according to the Central Illinois Pantagraph.
“We’re not purchasing the vans or equipment,” IDOT spokesman Matt Vanover told the Pantagraph. “We’re purchasing a service.”
Although the vans are not expected to be in
service for several weeks, large signs have already been placed along
Interstates in the state, warning motorists that speed-enforcement cameras
might be monitoring them.
Vanover told the Pantagraph he has not heard complaints from the public about
the signs, despite the fact that the vans are not yet fully operational.
“We wanted to be able to get the information
out as a public service,” he said.