Area Leaders Proposing Stoplight Cameras At Busy City Intersections

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Rockford first ward alderman Joe Sosnowski calls it the ultimate win-win. He's pushing for red light cameras at city intersections, a move he believes will reduce traffic accidents, and traffic enforcement.

"It's obviously not going to solve all the problems. We've got to rely on all drivers to slow down. When you see the yellow light, and when it says red, just stop," Sosnowski said.

Stoplight cameras typically dole out fines between 50 and 65 dollars if caught blazing through those orange lights. However, since Rockford currently isn't eligible to install such cameras, Sosnowski and other city leaders are working to get a new state bill in motion, an idea which divides area residents.

"I've noticed, I'm from Wisconsin, that it takes longer to get through lights in Illinois. That's something they should fix, not cameras," Tanner Branham said.

"I think it's a real good idea, because many people run red lights all the time, and I've actually gotten into an accident because of that, so I'm for it. I think it's a good idea," Matt Shold said.

Sosnowski hopes a bill involving red light cameras could surface in the next year, giving the city council an opportunity to weigh the issue. He defends the camera idea as a safety and not a snooping issue.

"I don't think it's much of a privacy issue, as long as the camera stays focused on the asphalt. It's similar to what the Tollway does with the IPASS," Sosnowski said.

An alderman's pursuit to get the green light on red light cameras in the Forest City, a pursuit in its beginning stages.


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