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|Lawmaker Wants to Ban Red Light Cameras
|A state senator wants to eliminate red light cameras in Illinois.
The red light cameras exist now only in Chicago and the suburbs, but State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Barrington Hills) says this is a statewide issue, because cities and counties will eye the cameras as revenue producers, at $100 per violation.
"Municipalities, just like families and small-business owners, also need to learn that they have to cut their costs in tough economic times," he said at a news conference at the Capitol. "It's a bad idea to come up with different tax schemes and fee schemes like these red light cameras in order to make more revenue. I believe that that's wrong."
Duffy says the concept of red light cameras is not a problem. The problems are:
* The varying standards of what constitutes a violation from town to town, such as how far over the stop line a vehicle can go before incurring a ticket, or whether a driver making a right on red who didn't stop really deserves a ticket.
* The difficulty defendants have in appealing if they think a ticket has been issued in error. Duffy says accused violators are entitled to as fair hearing, but it's hard to get one since private companies run the cameras and they gat a substantial cut of the fine revenue.
Duffy says he would "never say never" on legislation that would resolve these problems, but for now he is working only on passing his bill to forbid red light cameras, except at railroad crossings and in construction zones.
The Illinois Senate Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the bill at 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 2) at the Capitol, Room 400. Duffy is urging members of the public to attend and testify.
The measure has 16 co-sponsors in the Senate, from both parties.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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