State Representative Peter Breen Renews Push to Eliminate Red Light Camera Technology

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) is renewing his efforts to eliminate red light camera technology with the filing of two bills in Springfield this week.

HB 4372 would prohibit the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) from approving any red light camera installation until the requesting municipality or county provides proof that a significant increase in public safety will result from the use of the automated traffic law enforcement system.

“If red light cameras are about public safety, let’s see the data,” said Breen, a long-time opponent of the technology. “While there is no compelling evidence of improved safety, we are definitely seeing the influx of cash into municipal and county coffers.”

Breen also filed HB 4373, a measure that would ban red light cameras entirely in DuPage County. “I hear regularly from folks who feel red light cameras are nothing more than a hidden tax on drivers, meant to bring in revenue to local units of government,” said Breen. “The cameras tag unsuspecting motorists with traffic tickets that no police officer on the scene would ever give.”

Both bills are awaiting assignment to a substantive committee.

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