New Illinois law targets red light cameras

December 28, 2010

by Sean Crawford

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A new Illinois law will bring more scrutiny to controversial red light camera programs. More cities have begun using the cameras at intersections.

While supporters tout increased safety,  others see a Big Brother approach to law enforcement. Illinois lawmakers say the cameras also show no discretion, pointing out motorists who have been ticketed when they barely cross a stop line.

The General Assembly and Governor approved a law that takes effect January 1st. It will prohibit a citation for those who come to a complete stop without entering the intersection.

Chicago Democratic House member John D'Amico pushed for the change.

"Before if you eased over the line a little bit you still got a ticket. You will not get that ticket now, but you have to come to complete stop. You just can't roll through the intersection," he said.

Tickets could still be given in such cases when a pedestrian is present. The law will require a police officer to sign off on all red light violations before any tickets are issued. An image of a violation must also be made available on a website and towns will need to notify the public where the cameras are posted.