BREAKING: State House Passes Speed Camera Law

Look out Chicago!

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.

9 Responses to BREAKING: State House Passes Speed Camera Law

  1. After 5 years of evaluating and performing traffic studies as well as having been a corporate fleet administrator for large national company, I see Chicago’s speed camera tax scheme backfiring on the city. Traffic safety is defined as “smooth flowing traffic”. When disruptions such as red light and/or speed cameras are forced on the natural flow of traffic, flow disruptions occur. When disruptions happen such as a car at the front of a line of cars jams on their brakes the action has a rippling effect to the resulting vehicle platoons which follow, the more disruptions, the more crashes. Cameras play Gotcha with drivers and is incidental to decreased traffic safety. The kids will suffer…

  2. Andrew says:

    City is losing my city sticker fee…. I donated my car to my temple tOday.

  3. Scott Tucker says:

    Mike, can you please link to the House’s roll call?

  4. Sorry Scott, that was the Senate roll call, noy the House.

  5. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    I will check again, but around 2 AM last night the roll call was not posted.

  6. Pete says:

    Gee, I wonder if Quinn will sign the bill? Of course he will; when would Quinn turn down a chance to fleece the public for more revenue?

    At this point the best way to fight this thing is to let it play out to its absurd logical conclusion. I can hope that Chicago will be so greedy once they get addicted to this revenue stream that they start ticketing for 1 MPH over the limit 24 hours a day and reduce the limit in all the camera enforced areas to 20 MPH.

    This will cause such outrage that photo enforcement cameras (red light and speeding) will be banned in Chicago once a lot of career politicians get thrown out of office. All of the “it’s for our safety” sheep will have a change of heart when they all get multiple tickets in the mail.

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  8. Peter N says:

    If this is really “for the kids”, then I would challenge those lawmakers to put every dollar above the operating cost towards CPS and public colleges…

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