For years red light cameras have been snapping pictures of the license plates on vehicles that cross the line at intersections. The car owner is then contacted and issued a ticket. House Bill 173 passed out of the House and aims to stop tickets issued to increase revenue instead of the well being of motorists. After a recent investigation of the Chicago red light program by the “Chicago Tribune” State Representative CD Davidsmeyer co-sponsored legislation to eliminate the program. Davidsmeyer says having real police officers instead of an automated system protects drivers from questionable tickets.
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Supporters claim that the cameras do not have any benefit to motorists. The legislation states that after January 1, 2017 non-home rule units including St. Clair county will be prohibited from enforcing rulings using automated redlight camera systems.