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Red Light Camera Bill Expected To Move Forward

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All Out Ban On Cameras Seems Unlikely

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After nearly three and half hours of hearings on Tuesday night, it seems some form of red light camera reform legislation will ultimately make it out of the Transportation Committee and onto the floor of the Illinois Senate.

But chances are very slim that a complete ban on speed and red light cameras will be contained in that bill.

"I think it went as well as could be expected," explained Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) the sponsor of SB 2466 which called for a statewide ban on the cameras. "The chairman (Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Ciciero) promised to pass a shell bill out of committee. He wants everyone to come together with a compromise."

A shell bill or vehicle bill is essentially a blank bill passed out of committee that allows lawmakers the flexibility of cobbling together a coherent bill, without the pressure of legislative deadline. In this particular case, because there were a total of five bills containing RLC reforms, senators will have to work together to find agreement on a single, comprehensive bill on this issue.

During the several hours of testimony in a Transportation subcommittee on the issue,  senators heard from not only experts on the issue, but average citizens affected by the RLCs and police personnel who claim the technology is a legitimate tool in improving road safety.

The next step for anti-red light camera activists is to push legislators to include any and every measures possible that improve safety and decrease red light running. This includes mandating an increase in yellow light timing to 4 or 4.5 seconds, increasing the use of an red interval, and eliminating RLC enforcement or right turns on red.

"We want to put in every reform possible," says Scott Tucker, GOP nominee for state representative in the 11th district and organizer of a road trip of citizens to the hearings. "So many sensible reforms will kill the cameras over time because there will not be enough revenue to operate the cameras."

Despite what looks like an end to the idea of a complete ban, Duffy still holds out hope he can still get the ban into a bill.

"It will (get in the bill) if I can talk everyone else into it," said Duffy. "I'm disappointed because I wanted a total repeal (of red light cameras). But there's more than one way to skin a cat. The good news is we have a bill to work with. It's a big step forward."

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Jackie Tithof Steere said:

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Well, at least there's SOME hope. I think they cause more accidents than they prevent, and they're purely revenue. Nothing more. Thanks for this. They're a thorn in everyone's side.

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