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Lawmaker wants to expand speed camera use

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. CDT

BELLEVILLE (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 (http://bit.ly/NC9vDu ) 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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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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