Attorney: Red-light cameras "nakedly" unconstitutional
SPRINGFIELD -- Attorneys for drivers who got red-light tickets in Chicago told the Illinois Supreme Court today the state law that allows for the traffic cameras in the suburbs is unconstitutional.
In oral arguments, attorney Michael Reagan called the law "nakedly local" and unfair because it doesn't apply statewide. He argued downstate has drivers who run red lights and cities that are bigger than most suburbs, so lawmakers shouldn't have singled out counties in the Chicago and St. Louis areas to allow the cameras.
"It destroys uniform enforcement," Reagan said.
But so far lower courts have sided with the city of Chicago, whose own red-light camera ordinance is the subject of the case.
Kerrie Maloney Laytin, an attorney for the city, told the justices it was rational for lawmakers to limit the cameras to counties with the most traffic.
She argued suburban and city police don't have enough resources to monitor red-light offenders and cameras help with that effort.
"There are too many for law enforcement to address," she said.
The court likely won't make a decision for months and possibly could decide the case without addressing the statewide law that allows for cameras in the suburbs.