BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have mixed thoughts on a proposal that would allow communities around the state to install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the measure by Collinsville Democrat Rep. Jay Hoffman is generating discussion among legislators.
Murphysboro Republican Rep. Mike Bost calls the devices a "cop-in-a-box," and says his constituents think they harass drivers.
But Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, says they can increase safety.
Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.
Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones -- areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines.
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