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The next time you drive through a highway construction zone in Illinois, you may get your picture taken. It all depends on how fast you're going.

Illinois State Police are giving drivers a new incentive to slow down in construction zones -- a ticket by way of a speed enforcement van.

"You have all the signs and the big orange barrels telling you that you're in a construction zone. It's down to one lane and you're supposed to be going 45 miles per hour." But Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson says drivers rarely pay attention to the lowered speed limit.

So, the vans will clock drivers' speeds and capture their photos.

"It will take a picture of your license plate from the front, it will take a picture of the driver and it will take a picture of your license plate in the back," said Trooper Wilson. The speed of the car as it passes the van will also be recorded.

If you're caught speeding -- you'll get a $375 ticket. But police say this initiative is not about getting people to pay money, it's about getting people to pay attention.