Pike County, Ill., village looks to technology to solve speeding issue

Updated: Feb. 1, 2022 at 9:55 PM CST
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HULL, Ill. (WGEM) - Village leaders in Hull, Illinois, said they’ve made progress in slowing down some of the traffic that comes blasting through their hometown.

“We get somewhere around 20,000 cars one way through Hull, in a month,” Village President Clifton Rueb said. “70 percent of them are going over the speed limit.”

Ill. 106 that cuts through the village, and Rueb said since the village has no established police force, drivers might feel empowered to ignore the posted speed limit of 35.

“We’ve had many in the 80s, many in the 70s,” he said. “Daily, I’d say there’s at least 10 or 15 people coming in over 60.”

But Rueb said technology is helping them cut down on some of the speed they’re seeing.

He said the village installed radar speed detectors at each each end of the city limits on Ill. 106.

Since coming online Dec. 15, Rueb said with the data collected, he’s been able to build a better picture of the speeds they’re seeing as well as a rough time speeders are coming through.

He said he’s used the data to ask the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police to assign details to Hull at times when speeding seems more prevalent.

As a result, Rueb said they’ve already seen a 10 percent reduction in speed.

“You can see people hitting their breaks when the signs come on,” he said.

Rueb said he’s even had surrounding towns and villages reach out.

“New Canton, Kinderhook, they’ve contacted us about where we got the signs, and I’ve passed on that information,” he said. “You might see the same thing in smaller towns. I think they have the same problem also.”

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