No More Red Light Cameras!
Except in Chicago (and other "home rule" cities):
- The Illinois House on Wednesday approved a measure that would ban red light cameras in about 35 communities outside of Chicago, even as supporters pointed to flaws in the city's program as reason to do away with the much-loathed devices.
The legislation would make the cameras illegal in municipalities that are not home rule — generally towns with a population of less than 25,000 — starting in 2017.
And a reminder of the usual Chicago shenanigans:
- ...the cameras were rigged against drivers, nodding to Chicago Tribune stories showing that Chicago's camera program failed to deliver on safety claims and that the city's yellow light intervals are dangerously short and out of step with national standards. The long-running Tribune investigation also has illustrated how tens of thousands of drivers were unfairly ticketed because of questionable enforcement and failed oversight.
In addition, the Tribune's reporting triggered a federal investigation into allegations that the Chicago camera program was tied to a $2 million bribery scheme. The alleged bagman in the scheme has pleaded guilty to bribery charges. A grand jury also indicted the former CEO of the since-fired vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, and the longtime city manager who oversaw the program.
That former manager, John Bills, was a longtime top precinct captain for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Just another argument for the discontinuation of "home rule" type laws that create two separate sets of standards.
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