The bill would allow only home-rule communities in Illinois to utilize red-light cameras. Home-rule communities in the metro-east include Belleville, Cahokia, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Collinsville, Granite City and O’Fallon.
Granite City has had a red-light camera since 2009. It’s located at Madison Avenue and 27th Street. Police Chief Rich Miller said the camera has netted about $200,000 in fines since its installation. The net takes into account the fee paid to a vendor.
Miller said the Granite City camera is located at a high-traffic intersection that previously saw a crash every couple of weeks. “It’s virtually eliminated the accidents,” Miller said.
A Granite City officer reviews video footage for every alleged violation before a citation is issued. The officer spends about three hours per week conducting those reviews.
“We have an officer that looks at every violation,” Miller said, but he added that it’s “cheaper than me stationing a patrolman there.”
The Granite City red light has picked up 14,424 alleged violations since its installation. But after the video footage was reviewed by an officer, only 11,200 citations were issued.