Illinois Construction Zone Photo Radar

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A couple weeks ago I was driving northbound on I-55 near Springfield. I came up to a construction zone where they were doing bridge repairs. On the right hand side, there was a white van that said Work Zone Enforcement. It had a speed sign on top and had a camera flash that looked like disco lights! I have a Valentine One (first generation, before Pop radar) and I do not think it went off.

I have lived in Illinois my entire life and thought the photo radar signs were a bluff. Apparently not. Has anyone seen any of these rare sighting before? Do they use radar? It's absolutely terrifying given the minimum fines and mandatory court appearance.

I commute regularly from Chicago to St. Louis. Would it be worth upgrading to a new Valentine One? Mine works great and I get all the ISP Ka-band alerts well ahead of time. Thank you for the input!
 

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I'm not on the highways/interstates frequently but I've never seen any photo enforcement in construction zones. Plenty of those signs though, which everyone ignores (myself included). Thank you for the heads up.
 

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The state announced in late April they are doing photo enforcement with those vans in work zones across the state. This is part of a post from a lawyer:

• Automated photo enforcement is allowed only when workers are actually present in a construction zone.

• The speed limit sign for the construction zone must have attached signs stating, “work zone,” “photo enforced, and “$375 fine minimum.”

• There is no unmanned photo enforcement of speed in construction zones. Photo speed enforcement vans are staffed by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. These vans are generally white and have orange signs on the back saying “Work Zone Photo Enforcement.”

Before you reach the photo enforcement van , a radar-triggered warning sign will show you your speed in flashing orange neon, giving you an opportunity to slow down and avoid a ticket. If you are still speeding when you pass the enforcement van, your speed and photo will be captured. Four photos are actually captured, two of the front of the car and two of the back. The photos taken must clearly show your car, its license plate, and the driver. It must also show the date, time, and location that the photo was taken and the recorded speed.

The photos are uploaded to the ISP where they are manually reviewed to determine if a ticket should be issued. Tickets are mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner by certified mail within 14 days. If the registered owner was not the driver, the owner can contest under that ground.
 

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The state announced in late April they are doing photo enforcement with those vans in work zones across the state. This is part of a post from a lawyer:

• Automated photo enforcement is allowed only when workers are actually present in a construction zone.

• The speed limit sign for the construction zone must have attached signs stating, “work zone,” “photo enforced, and “$375 fine minimum.”

• There is no unmanned photo enforcement of speed in construction zones. Photo speed enforcement vans are staffed by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. These vans are generally white and have orange signs on the back saying “Work Zone Photo Enforcement.”

Before you reach the photo enforcement van , a radar-triggered warning sign will show you your speed in flashing orange neon, giving you an opportunity to slow down and avoid a ticket. If you are still speeding when you pass the enforcement van, your speed and photo will be captured. Four photos are actually captured, two of the front of the car and two of the back. The photos taken must clearly show your car, its license plate, and the driver. It must also show the date, time, and location that the photo was taken and the recorded speed.

The photos are uploaded to the ISP where they are manually reviewed to determine if a ticket should be issued. Tickets are mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner by certified mail within 14 days. If the registered owner was not the driver, the owner can contest under that ground.
This is pretty much the same model they use here. We always see the MRCD photo radar trucks in close proximity to solar powered K band speed signs.

The construction zone thing…. I’m 100% for.
 

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This is pretty much the same model they use here. We always see the MRCD photo radar trucks in close proximity to solar powered K band speed signs.

The construction zone thing…. I’m 100% for.

I totally agree with you.
What torques my jaw is when there ain't a soul around they need to suspended any tickets?
I'm all for the safety of the workers.
But I hate stupidity as well. LOL
 

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I'm not on the highways/interstates frequently but I've never seen any photo enforcement in construction zones. Plenty of those signs though, which everyone ignores (myself included). Thank you for the heads up.

I have lived in Illinois my entire life. I always thought it was a myth until I actually saw it. Some research in Avvo showed that people have indeed gotten tickets.

It sucks since although the signs say $250 minimum fine, it's actually $375. I think $125 is used to fund further enforcement. There is also a mandatory court appearance. I'm past 14 days, so hoping for the best. I wasn't going particularly fast either. I was behind a truck. People in the left lane was blowing by me. On my last trip, I didn't do anything over 10mph in any construction zone. I hate being the slow driver, especially when it's one lane, but it is what it is.

Since they are manned by a trooper, I wonder if the trooper is using a Ka-band gun to get a speed reading? I pass by K-band drones all the time, and have learned to ignore them. Not anymore.
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This is pretty much the same model they use here. We always see the MRCD photo radar trucks in close proximity to solar powered K band speed signs.

The construction zone thing…. I’m 100% for.
What kind of radar do they use? Do you get much of a warning?
 
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MRCD on the city roads/ inner city freeways. It’s the weapon of choice. They hire what we call “commisionares” to man and operate them.
Like sworn officers of the court. Not police. They’re cheaper and less benefits.



Now on the highways here….photo radar is not allowed, so that’s just the regular Radar and Laser.
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Warning? Well we have no front plates, so the antenna is pointed away from you and your speed recorded and a picture taken after you’ve passed.

Best I’ve ever gotten was with a Pro-M at 1600’. There is no real normal. Depends on the detector and the FW. Also reflections, traffic, if there’s anything parked in front of it. Even different MRCD rigs have different characteristics.

No 2 tests are ever the same. That’s why I always test more than one detector against a trap. Just to get some perspective.
 
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anyone seen any of these rare sighting before? Do they use radar? It's absolutely terrifying given the minimum fines and mandatory court appearance.

I commute regularly from Chicago to St. Louis. Would it be worth upgrading to a new Valentine One? Mine works great and I get all the ISP Ka-band alerts well ahead of time. Thank you for the input!
I've seen them over the years. US 20 Rockford bypass years back - ISP Photo vehicle in construction zone.
Southern IL I-57 construction zone - photo van again. Last one was south of Springfield I 55 construction zone.
So they are around - they stand out with and are hard to miss. Plus my V1 gave me plenty of warning to slow down.
Take care Spin
 

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I've seen them over the years. US 20 Rockford bypass years back - ISP Photo vehicle in construction zone.
Southern IL I-57 construction zone - photo van again. Last one was south of Springfield I 55 construction zone.
So they are around - they stand out with and are hard to miss. Plus my V1 gave me plenty of warning to slow down.
Take care Spin
Nice. Good thing you got plenty of warning. Were they K or Ka-band? Chances are I was getting a K-band warning, but ignored it thinking it was a drone.
 

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Ka band - was even using the old V1-G1 back then. The Rockford bypass warning was at a good range. I don't remember the other ones as much. Traffic was a bit more heavy on the other interstates.
Take care
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