Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > Speed Trap & Traffic Enforcement > Economics & Politics
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:

Economics & Politics Discussion of the economic and political market driving factors of automated enforcement technology.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2008-09-22
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Illinois: Municipality Fights County Over Red Light Revenue

Article: Illinois: Municipality Fights County Over Red Light Revenue

Harwood HeightsLast month the village of Harwood Heights, Illinois adopted an ordinance authorizing the installation and use of red light cameras. Although members of the board of trustees explained that the new systems were being installed solely to improve the safety of drivers in their community, the program had to be rushed because of developments in Cook County. In February 2007, Village Attorney Mat Delort explained it could be costly to move forward on the red light camera program while lawsuits were pending.

"It was the consensus of the suburban attorneys that our villages should hold off on the automatic red light enforcement until we see what happens with the lawsuit that was filed against the city of Chicago challenging the legality of its system, which isn't an uncommon thing," Delort said. "We let Chicago pay all the money, fight all the fights and hopefully when they win in the end we have a clear path because one of the issue is that the owner of the car is responsible for paying the ticket even if the owner is not driving the car or even in the car. There is some constitutional issues about that, so we're watching that."

Since then, a more pressing financial issue appeared when Cook County it would begin installing cameras in suburban villages on its own.

"The unfortunate thing that I discovered after the last meeting with [UK camera vendor RedSpeed], in the public meeting, was that if we don't put them in, Cook County is looking to putting them in instead of us," Trustee Arlene Jezierny explained in an August 28 meeting.

Although the city would enjoy the same safety benefits regardless of whether the devices were operated by the county or the municipality, allowing the county to do so could defeat a primary purpose behind their use.

"We will have impediments, and we will also not collect the revenues," Trustee Mark Dobrzycki explained.

The camera ordinance was adopted by a 5 to 1 margin. Trustee Demetrios Mougolias cast the lone dissenting vote, saying that he wished the municipality had stood up and opposed Cook County's implementation of photo enforcement.

"Hopefully the residents will be able to at least get a fair shake at trying to defend themselves when they're here, instead of Cook County looking at it just as a revenue builder and trying to write everybody tickets," Mougolias said. Source
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New York: County Admits Cameras Are For Revenue NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2008-11-01 06:27
Texas City Goes After County for Not Paying Tickets NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2008-10-03 22:24
Revenue Central to Discussion Over Red Light Camera Installation NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 1 2008-09-29 08:20
Florida County to Seize Homes with Red Light Cameras NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 1 2008-08-29 08:33
The 4 Types Of Red Light Violations And How To Stop Them NMA Reporter NMA Articles 2 2008-03-26 22:59

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 15:53.

©2019 SpeedTrapHunter