Red light cameras in Illinois have been criticized as being unfair, inconsistent and nothing more than an easy way for cities and towns to make money. A new law tweaks the way the cameras are being used.
- Every alleged violation must be reviewed by law enforcement officer, retired officer or a fully trained review technician before a ticket is actually issued
- Motorists who receive a ticket in the mail must be able to access video of the alleged misdeed on the Internet. That is a courtesy already widely offered by camera vendors. Cities and counties will also have to post locations of the cameras on their Web sites
- Rolling right turns will still be outlawed, but drivers will no longer be required to make their stop at a white line several feet shy of the intersection
- Drivers will not be charged an extra fee if they wish to appeal a ticket