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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) – The city of East St. Louis is launching a new program Monday that will allow cops to issue speeding tickets by mail after capturing violations with handheld devices.

The program uses a new LIDAR technology where a camera mounted to a handheld device captures a drivers' speed. Officers take photos of the violation, and with the approval of a supervisor, can send spending tickets by mail.

The tickets start at $100, and increase as the speeding violation increases. These tickets will not be reported to the state of driver's insurance as with a regular traffic citation, since they are a civil violation.

Police can still issue speeding tickets via traffic stop.

East St. Louis officers have been using the technology on a trial basis for the past month. The new program will officially go live at 7 a.m. Monday, Chief Mike Floore said. The department has three devices – including a special one that works in the dark.

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