Lawmakers Call for Hearing on Red Light Camera Bill

by Illinois Review

Adding one second of time to yellow lights equipped with red light cameras could save lives said State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) and State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein), who on May 16 called on Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to allow House lawmakers to vote on legislation that will make intersections safer for Illinois drivers.

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Senate Bill 3504, sponsored in the Senate by Duffy, passed with overwhelming support and was sent to the Illinois House where Rep. Sullivan picked up sponsorship of the legislation. Unfortunately, upon the bill’s arrival in the House, Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan vowed not to release the bill to committee, in effect killing the legislation.

“In addition to making intersections safer and reducing accidents, our ‘One Second for Safety’ bill will also drastically reduce red light camera tickets,” says Duffy. “In the Senate my bill had overwhelming bi-partisan support. The bill’s co-sponsors include both Republicans and Democrats. The Black Caucus worked very closely with me on this bill. Why would Speaker Madigan personally block this legislation from being released to a committee?”

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