State lawmakers to consider red light camera legislation

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would prohibit the use of red light cameras in certain Illinois communities is set to be discussed by state lawmakers.

Under the proposal, non-home-rule municipalities in Illinois would no longer be able to use red light cameras after January 1, 2017.  According to the bill's sponsor, State Representative David McSweeney, the cameras are not seen as a way to make intersections safer, and instead seen as a way for communities to generate revenue.

The measure is also in response to investigations into whether the devices cause harm to motorists.  Currently, eight counties in Illinois are able to place red light traffic cameras at intersections.

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