Drivers Warned Not To Speed In Highway Work Zones
Mass E-Mail About Photo Enforcement Is True
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A chain e-mail has been circulating in recent weeks warning of steep fines for drivers who speed in highway work zones. The reality – it's nothing new, but it's true.
The speed limit in highway work zones is 45 mph, and photo radar machines are used in some areas to monitor motorists' speed. The chain e-mail warns that one mile an hour over the speed limit is enough for the photo radar machine to activate.
"Photos of both the Driver's face and License plate are taken. Pass this onto everyone you know who might be affected!!!" the e-mail warns.
The Illinois Department of Transportation does indeed issue tickets for a minimum fine of $375 for work zone speeders, with $125 going to pay off state troopers to provide added enforcement. Two-time offenders may receive a $1,000 fine and a 90-day license suspension, with a $250 surcharge to hire troopers.
The program has been in effect since the summer of 2005, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich enacted legislation enhancing penalties for speeding in a work zone. As the e-mail warns, the enforcement vans capture images of vehicles, drivers and license plates.
Close that the mass e-mail itself dates from 2005.
The information about the state program does not specifically reference whether the photo enforcement machines catch drivers going one mile per hour over the speed limit.
Besides the speed restrictions, under state law, drivers who hit or kill a worker on the road may be hit with a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison.