Sen. Sandoval Promises Public Hearings On Red Light Cameras
For many Illinois drivers, Tuesday was an anxious day.
The Illinois Senate’s Traffic Committee was planning some sort of action on SB2466, Sen. Dan Duffy’s (R-Lake Barrington) bill to ban all red light and speed cameras in the state.
But instead of the obvious two choices of either moving it the bill to the floor of the Senate for debate and a vote, or allowing it to die in committee, the somewhat anti-climatic door number three opened up.
Traffic Committee chairman, Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Ciciero) opted to create a red light camera subcommittee and promised public hearings on SB2466 and the two other red light camera bills currently in the Senate in the next two weeks.
Usually, having a piece of proposed legislation relegated to a sub-committee means death for the bill, but perhaps not in this case.
“We’re very excited about it,” said Sen. Duffy explaining that Sen. Sandoval promised hearings because of all the phone calls his office had been receiving on the legislation.
“They received so many calls from our protest fliers and media appearances, it forced them to have public hearings,” said Tucker. “Sen. Sandoval promised on the record to have public hearings within the next two weeks.
Despite the promise of hearings Sen. Duffy knows it’s still going to be difficult to have his bill ultimately passed, especially when it involves the city of Chicago that generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue from RLCs.
“The biggest opposition is coming from Chicago,” explained Duffy. “But, if the Machine really wanted to strong arm me it would already be dead.”
But Sen. Duffy is cautiously optimistic of potential success.
“I think my chances are good if I get a good turnout at the hearings,” said Sen. Duffy. “We need as much notice as possible for people to storm the capital.”
Both Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago) and Sen. John Millner, (R-Carol Stream) are sponsors of alternative red light camera legislation which would be included in the hearings. Neither, however, are as far reaching as Duffy’s bill.
Hendon’s essentially will allow drivers to exceed the stop line up to one foot before a RLC ticket could be issued and Millner’s bill standardize yellow light times, and would demand cameras to be painted yellow to make them more visible to drivers. In addition, only police officers could review video footage of alleged RLC violations and issue tickets instead of non-police technicians.
Red light camera subcommittee assignments will be assigned next week, with hearings most likely taking place the week after that.