BREAKING: State House Passes Speed Camera Law
Springfield is sending speed cameras your way.
Late Wednesday afternoon, after some heated debate and some minor tweaking to SB965, the bill passed out of the Illinois House by a vote of 64-50.
The state Senate burned rubber passing the bill earlier in the fall veto session, so the bill heads back to the Senate for most likely quick passage to the House amendments, and then to Gov. Quinn’s desk for his signature.
Gov. Quinn has not signaled whether he would sign the bill or not, but did previously express reservations about the law emphasizing revenue over safety.
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel was able to muscle the bill through the Illinois General Assembly, the last hurdle for the mayor is to get it passed in the Chicago City Council.
The House made some minor changes to the bill before it passed including lowering the fine for drivers exceeding the speed limit exceeding 5 and under 11 mph would pay $50, while drivers exceeding 11 mph would be fined the original $100.
In addition, the hours and days of enforcement were modified from the Senate’s version of the bill. Red light camera intersections within 1/8 of a mile from a school can enforce speeding only between 6 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday and from 6 AM to 9:00 PM on Fridays. No enforcement would occur on weekends.
However, RLC intersections within 1/8 of a mile of park district safety zones would have enforcement from one hour before the park opened until one hour after the park closed.