Red Light Camera Bill Faces Crucial Vote Today
SB2466 is legislation sponsored by Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) which would ban all red light and speed cameras statewide (except at railroad crossings and construction zones).
Tuesday, the bill sees a crucial vote in the Transportation Committee to move to the full floor of the Senate.
“This is what we have been waiting for,” said Senator Duffy via his website. “It’s time to end the red light racket in Illinois.”
Supporters and detractors on both sides of the issue have been marshaling their forces to move the bill forward.
Sunday, an anti RLC protest organized by Scott Tucker, Republican nominee for Illinois State Representative in the 11th District, seemed to receive a positive response from drivers. Volunteers handed out fliers urging motorists to call members of the Transportation Committee as well as Senate President John Cullerton.
“SB 2466 will get rid of these red light cameras for good, statewide,” says Tucker. “These cameras aren’t for safety, they’re a tax. “They take hundred dollar bills out of neighborhood businesses all across the state, and that kills jobs.”
Active Transportation Alliance, a group that “works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit,” according to their website, issued a press release yesterday weighing in as opposed to the red light camera ban.
The group was concerned that in all the public debate on the subject, the issue of safety was being forgotten.
“Nobody was acknowledging it (red light cameras) is a tool for controlling speeding and red light running,” explained Margo O’Hare spokesperson for Active Trans. “Red light cameras are one of many tools for traffic safety. An outright ban or limiting them eliminates one of these tools. To limit red light cameras would be a mistake.”
Pro-motorist organization, the National Motorists Association has been pressing their Illinois members to call their elected representatives as well.
“Having talked to a large number of our Illinois members, I know that there would be one huge statewide party if this legislation were to be enacted,” says NMA spokesperson Gary Biller.
A staffer in Traffic Committee member Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson’s home office revealed that they had been fielding many calls on this issue, but did not reveal wish way the sentiment was trending.
The Transportation Committee vote is scheduled to take place at 4 PM.