Illinois: Second place in red light cameras

Illinois: Second place in red light cameras

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 13:45

Our friend Dan Vock at Stateline has an interesting story today about the use of red-light cameras nationwide.

Illinois is second in the country in the number of towns with the cameras at 75, and of course many of those communities are in the suburbs. California is first at 84.

From the story:

This year, lawmakers in 22 states have filed more than 100 bills dealing with traffic cameras, says Anne Teigen, a senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The proposals range from outright bans on either speed or red-light cameras to rules to allow speed cameras in work zones to pilot programs to test the devices.

Despite the backlash, traffic cameras keep spreading. As recently as 2000, only 25 communities had red-light cameras, compared to more than 500 now.

One proposal comes from state Sen. Dan Duffy, a Lake Barrington Republican, who wants yellow lights to last longer at signals that have cameras. Duffy pushed the proposal last session, too.

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