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Crystal Lake traffic defense attorney, rear-end collisions, red light cameras, traffic defense, traffic law enforcement, Illinois traffic lawFew traffic law enforcement methods have generated as much controversy in recent years as the red light camera program that started in Chicago and expanded to the rest of the state. Proponents of the program tout the increased safety benefits from fewer people running red lights, while the system's opponents say that it is nothing more than a shameless cash grab on behalf of the government. In an attempt to settle this debate, the Chicago Tribune recently commissioned a study of the red light camera's effect on traffic accidents.

The results have caused a bit of a stir, but failed to provide any clear conclusions. The Tribune reported that the cameras did more harm than good as far as accidents. However, people on the other side have also raised valid issues with the Tribune study's methods.

The Study's Results

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McHenry County traffic attorney, red light camera law, traffic offenses, Illinois Supreme Court, red light camerasRed light cameras are one of the most noticeable ways in which law enforcement technology affects people's lives. A charitable interpretation of the cameras is that they keep the streets safer and allow police departments to utilize officers to fight more serious crimes. However, opponents of the cameras see the hundreds of millions of dollars that the cameras have brought in, and point out that the cameras are prone to making mistakes, they circumvent ordinary due process, and are just about generating money for the municipality.

Because of these complaints, some opponents brought a lawsuit challenging the validity of Chicago's red light camera system, as well as the state law that authorizes it. The lawsuit made it all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, but then it ended with more of a whimper than a bang. The Court ended up upholding the law on procedural grounds with a three sentence opinion.

Challenges to the Law

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