A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
Committee Passes McSweeney Bill Banning Red Light Cameras
Springfield, IL… State Representative David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) bill banning red light cameras will advance to the House Floor after the House Cities and Villages Committee approved the measure yesterday by a vote of 4-3.
House Bill 173 would remove the authority of non-home-rule municipalities to operate red light cameras after January 1, 2017.
“Studies continue to confirm that red light cameras do not enhance safety,” Rep. McSweeney said.
“In many cases, these cameras create unsafe conditions because drivers will slam on the brakes at a yellow light to avoid getting a ticket.
“Many Illinois residents rightly perceive these cameras as more bout increasing revenue for local governments than actually keeping motorists safe.”
The bill is a response to investigations into the implementation and effectiveness of red light cameras.
The implementation of such systems has been rife with abuse and is seen by many as more of a money making endeavor for local governments than a measure to promote safety.
“It’s become clear that these systems are ineffective, the benefits minimal, and the negative consequences on citizens unwarranted” stated McSweeney.
“My legislation takes a significant step forward in dramatically reducing red light cameras in Illinois.”
Currently the Illinois Vehicle Code provides the authority to use red light automated traffic law enforcement systems at intersections in which cameras are used to photograph or video record a motor vehicle’s failure to stop and yield as required by traffic control signals. Eight counties in Illinois currently have that authority. The bill would take effect January 1, 2017.