New Red Light Camera Rules Favor Drivers


Red light cameras in Illinois have been criticized as being unfair, inconsistent and nothing more than an easy way for cities and towns to make money. A new law tweaks the way the cameras are being used: Every alleged violation must be reviewed by law enforcement officer, retired officer or a fully trained review technician before a ticket is actually issued; Motorists who receive a ticket in the mail must be able to access video of the alleged misdeed on the Internet. That is a courtesy already widely offered by camera vendors. Cities and counties will also have to post locations of the cameras on their Web sites; Rolling right turns will still be outlawed, but drivers will no longer be required to make their stop at a white line several feet shy of the intersection; and Drivers will not be charged an extra fee if they wish to appeal a ticket.

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