Ryan speeders cause traffic jam in court
Published October 28, 2006
COOK COUNTY -- Hundreds of motorists showed up in the Rolling Meadows courthouse Friday to pay speeding tickets, so many that officials had to open an extra courtroom to handle the overflow.
Many were nabbed by an Illinois State Police photo-radar van parked along the Dan Ryan Expressway to catch construction-zone speeders.
With state troopers bringing 343 tickets to court, defendants were lined up outside the courtroom of Cook County Circuit Judge Pamela Karahalios.
"I had to call for help," said Karahalios when she recessed for lunch at 12:30 p.m. "This was the heaviest day we've seen in a long time."
Increased patrols and the photo-radar van led to the high number of tickets, police said. The vehicle is equipped with Doppler radar and high-resolution cameras.
The fine for speeding in the 45 m.p.h. construction zones is $375 plus $30 court costs.
"That stings," said Archie Scruggs, 65, of Oak Park, who had to pay up Friday.
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