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Illinois will begin using photo radar in freeway work zones in July

Check out the fines for theses tickets!!


>Beginning in July the State of Illinois will use speed cameras in areas
>designated as "work zones" on major freeways. Anyone caught by the
>devices will be mailed a $375 ticket for the first offense, but a second
>ticket will cost $1000 and comes with a 90-day license suspension.
>Drivers will also receive demerit points against their license, which
>allows insurance companies to raise their insurance rates. This
>represents the harshest penalty structure yet for a city using photo
>enforcement. The state will begin with two camera vans issuing tickets
>in zones with speed limits lowered to 45 MPH. Photographs of both the
>driver's face and license plate are taken. Officials announced the plan
>on the Dan Ryan Expressway suggesting Chicago area roads are likely to
>be a target. Illinois Tollway Executive Director Jack Hartman promised
>more work zones: "Since the Tollway just launched our $5.3 billion
>Congestion Relief Plan", drivers will see more work zones on the Tollway
>than they have in the past."
>
>Go to this website and read -
>http://www.dot.state.il.us/press/r033005.html


I think thats BS... its just a way to increase revenues. If they care so much about the workers, close the road while it's under construction. It should get done quicker and safer.
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Yep, I heard about that. They are widening hwy 64 down here outside of St Louis - and they are cracking down big time on speeders in construction zones. You can bet I'm not speeding through any construction zone!!
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Geez, that's ridiculous. Wow, there's actually a state that gouges its citizens, in one way, more than California does in everything. How can they justify that? Have there been a rash of construction workers getting hit?
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They don't really care that much about the workers, they are after the increased revenue of the fines. If they wanted to save workers lives, they'd close the road, repair it, then open it again.

What's next? A GPS enabled device that auto tickets you by comparing your speed to the limit for that specific coordinate?
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I would imagine that it won't be a GPS device, but the on-board computer that will have a live relay of information broadcast to Law Enforcement. The computer already records all the speed, braking and other data in black boxes for crash reconstruction purposes. I don't think it would be too difficult for them to broadcast that data making radar a thing of the past. The police would be able to know what you are driving and how fast you were going long before you got into their radar range.
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I would imagine that it won't be a GPS device, but the on-board computer that will have a live relay of information broadcast to Law Enforcement. The computer already records all the speed, braking and other data in black boxes for crash reconstruction purposes. I don't think it would be too difficult for them to broadcast that data making radar a thing of the past. The police would be able to know what you are driving and how fast you were going long before you got into their radar range.
The NMA (National Motorists Association) has a good article on this. They are diligently trying to stop them from even going down that road. If your interested in fighting revenue generating speed traps, photo cameras for traffic violations and other invasive goverment tactics to hamper your driving you should join!!

http://www.motorists.com/
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Geez, that's ridiculous. Wow, there's actually a state that gouges its citizens, in one way, more than California does in everything. How can they justify that? Have there been a rash of construction workers getting hit?
I agree, if there has been a rash of worker injuries then yes, but it sounds like the state is just trying to increase revenues....
BTW, nice avatar b_a_!
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Not to beat a dead horse here but....

Last nights news had a segment on the valient Hillsborough County Sheriff's department. They recieved a "grant" that allowed them to purchase some F-250's (complete with front mount wench) and new laser speed checking equipment that mounts on tripods. The whole setup is made to look like a road survey crew. Perfect. Now in the name of "Safety" the cops are masquerading as road surveyors and writing hefty fines. I can see how hiding from view, and radioing ahead so you get pulled over far away from where the trap is so nobody sees, so they will continue to speed and get nabbed too is a great setup for safety. Do you remember the days when safety was truly thier concern? They would park a fully marked car out there with radar in an effort to slow people down, make them aware that they were speeding or at least take note of thier speed. Those that didnt care, or didnt notice got popped but there was never any subversion. Keep in mind, this wonderful state I live in is currently having a crisis of crime and abduction, if you are not familiar with the incidences you must be living in a cave, we have made the national news almost nightly. But, lets focus on this task, tricking motorists into speeding past us so we can take food off thier table thats whats truly important here. This is definatly one for "The Fleecing of America"
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