East St. Louis Police are the latest in the metro area to use cameras to try to catch dangerous drivers. Monday East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore announced his department is using two new radar-equipped cameras to catch speeders.
Like other traffic cameras in the area, tickets are issued to the car's owner based on the license plate. But unlike other cameras, these are hand-held by officers stationed on surface streets and interstates.
Chief Floore tells Fox 2 News using the cameras isn't about generating revenue. "This is pure for safety and safety only," Floore said. "This is merely to get drivers to slow down in our venue."
East St. Louis Police Captain Bobby Cole tells Fox 2 News the cameras are making the streets safer for everyone. "It takes the officer out of harm's way also," Cole said. "If we’re up on a highway or in a safety zone or a school zone, the officer doesn't have to get out in traffic now."
The tickets carry fines of 100-to-280 dollars. But no points are assessed, and the vehicle owner can ask police to transfer the ticket to the actual driver at the time the car was speeding.