Motorists may get an extra second to make it through yellow lights, but only at intersections with red-light cameras. State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) says a Texas A & M study finds the proposal would reduce the number of accidents. However, he says House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) won’t let the proposal move out of the Rules Committee so it can get a vote.
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State Sen. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) say the proposal would reduce revenue for Chicago’s speed camera program, and that could be a reason it’s being stalled. But he says increasing the time for every yellow light in the state would be too much. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel right now,” Sullivan says. “We have studies that show what it does. So that’s the first point. It’s safety. So that’s what we’re here for. We have other states that have done it already and are doing studies on how this has affected it.” Sullivan says the speaker’s priorities aren’t right. “It’s a choice of safety vs. revenue,” Sullivan says. The proposal passed the Senate and is in the House.