Surveillance cameras may increase safety at work zones

Illinois has delayed a program that will install cameras to help nab speeders in road construction zones, according to the Associated Press.

The state had planned to launch the program in July but is still trying to hammer out contract details. Under the program, two vans armed with high-tech cameras would travel in work zones around the state, Matt Vanover, Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman told the AP.

The use of cameras, which officials say will be the first on Illinois highways, was approved under a new state law to curb work zone accidents. During 2003 and 2004, 82 people died in Illinois work zone crashes, and seven of those were construction workers. Through mid-September of this year, 18 people have died, according to IDOT data.

Signs will be required at work zones where cameras are in use. Under state law, the cameras can only be used when workers are present.