SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) convened the Senate Transportation Committee today for the first time as chair to consider legislation to study the use of red light cameras in Illinois.

The Senate Transportation Committee approved Senate Bill 1297, which orders the Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a study to evaluate the use and effectiveness of automated traffic law enforcement systems, or red light cameras.

“I still have a lot of unanswered questions about the effectiveness of red light cameras and whether or not they make our roadways safer,” Hunter said. “This legislation gives us the answers we need to move forward.”

Red light cameras have been a source of frustration, and even anxiety, for Illinois motorists since they were first legalized in 2006.

Studies aimed at measuring the effectiveness of red light cameras in making intersections safer have produced mixed results.

According to reports in the press, red light cameras have generated over $1 billion in revenue for local governments in Illinois over the past decade.

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