|The Illinois State Police (ISP) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced District 9 Troopers will be enforcing Illinois’ tough work zone speeding law with the photo speed enforcement van. The photo speed enforcement van will be used in construction zones which have began on Interstate 55 from milepost 90 - 98 and Interstate 72 from milepost 92 - 94. “The public should know it is critical that they slow down to help protect the lives of the dedicated workers who are improving our roadways,” said District 9 Captain James Wolf. “Photo enforcement gives the Illinois State Police an additional tool for enforcing work zone speed limits. Drivers should be aware speed limits will be aggressively enforced. District 9 will also be strictly enforcing Scott’s Law violations, which make it an offense if a driver fails to slow down and if safe to do so change lanes when police squad cars or other emergency vehicles with flashing lights are on the shoulder.” |
Motorists, as well as workers, are at risk when driving in work zones that include narrower lanes, lane shifts, pavement edge drop-offs, closed shoulders and possible lane closures. Statistics show that 90 percent of work zone fatalities are the motorists. Driving at slower speeds allows motorists the time needed to react to the changing conditions.
“Every year, there are more than 7,000 crashes and 2,800 traffic-related injuries that occur in Illinois work zones,” said IDOT Secretary Milton R. Sees. “However, through engineering and enforcement efforts, steady progress has been made in reducing the number of fatalities in our work zones.”
The ISP and IDOT want voluntary compliance of the work zone speed limits to help further reduce work zone crashes and fatalities. Photo speed enforcement vans are a state-of-the-art tool staffed by specially-trained Troopers to achieve this goal. The marked white photo speed enforcement vans are equipped with the latest in photo radar technology designed to record the speed of vehicles and to capture clear images of the driver and the license plate. Tickets are then sent by certified mail to drivers within 14 business days. Under the toughened work zone speeding fines, the first time offender faces a $375 fine while second time offenders face a $1,000 fine and a 90-day suspension of their driver’s license. Anyone convicted of hitting a construction worker faces a $10,000 fine and up to 14 years in prison.
Signs will be placed in project locations where photo enforcement will be occurring. Be on the lookout for the photo enforcement van and slow down. “If you are driving at excessive speeds in work zones, you put your own life and the lives of others at risk,” stated Captain Wolf.