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Herb Jung, construction engineer for Illinois Department of Transportation, shows off the new photo enforcement van that will be deployed at the beginning of work zones across the Interstate 80 corridor beginning today. IDOT and state police had the van at the Illinois State Police District 17 headquarters in La Salle. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Beginning today, a photographic speed limit enforcement van will be deployed in work zones, state police officers announced Wednesday.
The van — one of several across the state — will be placed at the beginning of construction zones across the Interstate 80 corridor — from Indiana to Iowa — and surrounding communities.
Trooper Jason Wilson explained the van takes a photo of the violating vehicle’s front license plate and its driver as well as a second photo of its rear license plate.
The trooper inside the van determines the number of mph over the limit that triggers the van to take photos, Wilson said.
He also said that there is no leniency when the usual speed limit decreases in a work or school zone. “As soon as you cross the threshold of that sign, that is the speed limit in construction zones or school zones,” he said.
Herb Jung, a construction engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said the van would always be occupied by a state trooper and could work at night. “This is not meant to be a revenue-generating notion,” Jung said.
The police agreed.
“It’s about being a deterrent for the safety of our workers,” said Master Sgt. Anthony Kestner from State Police District 17, La Salle.
State’s Attorney Brian Towne said in a written statement that the state police and IDOT had his “unwavering support and cooperation” in deploying the van.
Rachel Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Are construction zone speed limits in effect even at night .. when no one is on the job site constructing anything?
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