New bill would require red light camera revenue to go toward fixing roads

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

One of the handful of proposed laws aimed at red light cameras doesn’t look to ban them. Instead, it looks to force cities to spend the money on roads and public safety.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, said he’d prefer the state abolish red light cameras altogether.

“I like to refer to them as automatic ticket machines,” Skillicorn explained. “Think of them as ATMs for local governments, so they can fleece the people a little bit more.”

Skillicorn understands a total ban is a long shot. He said that’s why he’s moving forward with a plan to require cities and towns to spend the money on road work or public safety.

“I’d really like to see these cameras go away,” Skillicorn said. “But if we can’t make them go away, let’s dictate where the money can go. Make it go to road safety. Make it go to re-engineering dangerous intersections.”

Skillicorn said instead of adding red light camera ticket money to the pot, local governments should invest in road maintenance or improving sight lines at dangerous intersections.

There are a number of anti-red light camera plans in Springfield this spring. Skillicorn said his plan could come up for a hearing this month.

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