Cary, IL...A recently released study has cast doubt on the viability of red light cameras to improve traffic safety. In an effort to reduce the financial burdens on Illinois residents, State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) is sponsoring legislation to eliminate red light cameras.
McSweeney filed House Bill 173, which would repeal the State law allowing automated red light cameras at intersections. McSweeney will also continue to actively support efforts by Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) to eliminate red light cameras.
“A recent Chicago Tribune sponsored study has shown that Chicago’s red light cameras fail to deliver the safety benefits claimed by proponents,” stated McSweeney. “House Bill 173 would prevent all local units of government from using red light cameras.”
The new research has called into question whether red light cameras are providing real safety benefits. The study also revealed that Chicago’s use of short yellow lights and red light cameras have become a dangerous combination.
"The biggest takeaway is that overall (the program) seems to have had little effect," said Dominique Lord, an associate professor at Texas A&M University's Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, who helped with the Tribune sponsored study.
McSweeney says red light cameras are mainly being used to generate revenue for local governments.
“There is now more than enough evidence to conclude that red light cameras are simply another way to tax Illinois citizens,” McSweeney said. “We need to lower taxes to promote economic growth and job creation. Red light cameras primarily serve as a revenue enhancement tool at great cost to taxpayers.”