Illinois State Police will use a mobile speed enforement van in construction zones

Drivers will want to pay attention at speed limits in constructions zones

COLONA, IL - Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson is in his eighteenth year with the Illinois State Police.

He says the purpose of the mobile photo speed enforcement van is not to give citations, but ensure the safety of construction workers and motorists in constructions zones. 

"On average there's about 35 fatal traffic crashes in construction zones per year. Only two to three of those are, it's not trying to minimize this number, but two to three are workers. That means the rest of them are actually the motorists going into that construction zone. So we want to make sure we keep things safe for both the drivers and the construction workers," says Jason Wilson. 

Wilson says Road Engineers from the Department of Transportation put a lot of work into establishing just how fast drivers can safely pass by a construction zone, and drivers need to take those speed limit seriously.

"No one can ignore the laws of physics. The faster you go, the harder it's going to be to maintain control of your vehicle and the longer its going to take to slow down that vehicle," says Jason Wilson. 

Wilson says there will be signs saying a speed enforcement ahead, located at the beginning of a construction zone.

That's designed as the first warning system to give drivers the opportunity to slow down.

Once the driver gets closer, they will see their speed showcased on the monitor on top of the van.

Wilson says there isn't an actual violation until they pass the photo enforcement van. 

"If the motorist is actually driving faster than the threshold that the operator has put in place, that's when it will take a picture of both the front of the vehicle and the back of the vehicle. Then it will generate a citation to the registered owner of that vehicle," says Jason Wilson.  

 


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