Duffy recently introduced Senate Bill 26, a bill which would prohibit camera enforcement of right turn on red violations.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation said you can drive from here to Jupiter and back and never been in an incident turning right on red,” says Duffy. “It (right turn on red camera enforcement) has nothing to do with safety. It’s all about revenue and not about safety.”
Duffy contends that 90% of red light camera revenue comes from drivers rolling through a right turn on red (where it’s legally permitted) at just one or two miles per hour instead of coming to a complete stop.
“From the info I have over 90% of the income comes from right turn on red,” says Duffy. “They (RLC companies) will not provide a breakdown of where the revenue comes from. If these figures are wrong, prove me wrong.”
Although Duffy contends by adding this restriction to Illinois law municipalities currently using camera enforcement for right on red violations would see a dramatic drop in revenue, none of the towns we spoke to seemed bothered by SB26.