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Speed cameras could be introduced in down state Illinois

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Is it possible to get caught speeding without getting pulled over?

If new Illinois legislation passes, you might not find out you were caught until weeks later, when you get a ticket in the mail.

Some drivers tend to speed more than others, but most of us have seen it at some point.

"Mostly on Broadway," says driver Trudy Hill.  "And we live on Oak and we see a lot on Oak."

Now some Illinois legislators want to give drivers another incentive to tap the brakes, by installing speed cameras in down state communities. Some drivers think it will help stop those with a lead foot.

"Because they know they're getting watched, and they can get caught," Hills says.

Deputy Chief Curt Kelty says as of now, the Quincy Police Department doesn't have any plans to install speed cameras. However, he thinks they could possibly have some use.

"In some of our school zones, especially by the high school or by Baldwin, where we've had some problems in the past with people speeding through it because it's a long, straight stretch and people forget they're in a school zone," Kelty says.

Kelty says officers already run speed details if they see speeding is a problem in a certain area. He says, at the end of the day, he's not sure a camera would encourage caution like an officer in a squad car.

"Officer presence does make a big difference," Kelty says, "And we've all done it, whether you're in Quincy or somewhere else, even if they're not doing traffic stops, you'll still slow down."

As of now, the only city in Illinois with speed cameras is Chicago because current law stipulates they can only be used in cities where the population is over one million.

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