red light cameras

The Illinois House on Wednesday approved legislation Wednesday that would ban certain red-light cameras. It would only apply in communities with fewer than 25,000 people that have not been granted a special status known as “home rule.”

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If there’s anything in Illinois with a lower approval rating than state government, it could be red-light cameras: those big-brother tattle-tales that catch drivers in the act of running a red light at intersections.

State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, has reintroduced legislation that would ban them across the state. He says financially strapped cities and towns should be cutting spending, not using traffic violations to collect more money.

Lawmakers are hoping to put an end to red light cameras in some places in Illinois.

A proposal in the Illinois legislature would ban red light cameras in non-home rule cities.

Opponents say red light cameras, which are designed to stop drivers from running red lights, actually cause more accidents from cars abruptly stopping.

Republican Rep. Steven Andersson is a local prosecutor. He says some people receive tickets even though they weren't the one driving the car.