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Illinois Lawmakers Have Mixed Reviews Of Speed Cameras

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    April 3, 2014 | 9:39 am
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) Illinois lawmakers have mixed thoughts on a proposal that would allow communities around the state to install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.

    The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1kZGX2a ) the measure by Collinsville Democrat Rep. Jay Hoffman is generating discussion among legislators.

    Murphysboro Republican Rep. Mike Bost calls the devices a "cop-in-a-box," and says his constituents think they harass drivers.

    But Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, says they can increase safety.

    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.

    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.