Can the cameras

Can the cameras

The General Assembly ought to pull the plug on red-light intersection cameras.

In his Sunday column, The News-Gazette's Tom Kacich cited a string of legislative proposals introduced by members of the Illinois House and Senate.

Many, he noted, are just for show and have no chance to pass.

But at least one, in particular, deserves passage — it's legislation that would ban red-light cameras in Illinois.

These harbingers of Big Brother are nothing more than high-tech scams touted as safety measures but really designed to generate revenue for local government from traffic fines. They ought to go.

Chicago's red-light program is Exhibit A for the proposition that implementation is a sham from A to Z.

For starters, federal investigators already have obtained multiple indictments alleging the company that won the city contract paid bribes for the privilege. Further, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed that the city shortened the time allotted for yellow lights, ensuring that more drivers would receive tickets for running red lights.

Red-light cameras are a big money-maker — Chicago has collected $500 million in fines since 2002. But the safety benefits attributed to them are not what backers claim.

Given their corrupt history in the Windy City and the creepy oversight they represent, red-light cameras ought to be turned off. But House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, does not agree, so don't hold your breath on this one.

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jcwconsult wrote on January 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm

The academic study by A&M University sponsored by the Chicago Tribune proved that Chicago's corrupt red light camera program has NOT improved safety.  Chicago uses the for-proft red light cameras for ONLY one reason, to collect as much money as possible from safe drivers.  The cameras have always been a for-profit racket between the city and its camera vendors.

The cameras should be illegal in every state, but the for-profit vendors will spend millions to lobby state legislatures to keep the rackets legal.

James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association