Illinois Supreme Court takes up red light cameras

By WEEK Producer

Illinois Supreme Court takes up red light cameras

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM CDT

OTTAWA, Ill -- The Illinois Supreme Court took up a constitutional challenge to red light cameras in Chicago and eight counties in the state.

The cameras are designed to catch any vehicle going through a red-light, and generate a ticket to be sent to the car's owner.

Those against red light cameras argued that legislation singled out one area of the state only--not a state-wide law. Chicago's attorney argued that because of traffic density, those eight counties are where red-light cameras are most needed.

One justice --Ann Burke --didn't attend. Her husband, Chicago alderman Ed Burke voted to bring in red-light cameras.

Meanwhile, a warning today from the National Coalition for Safe Roads---which says 85-hundred people were injured in red-light crashes, and that the upcoming Memorial Day weekend has the highest number of red-light violations.

That information obtained from records of red-light cameras.

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