Judge throws out more red light camera tickets on Tuesday

Judge throws out more red light camera tickets on Tuesday

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the city's controversial red light camera program. However, more red light camera tickets were also thrown out today.

Peterson and Pulaski is one of the three Northside intersections where tickets from red light cameras were thrown out by an administrative law judge Tuesday, because the city's own evidence showed the yellow lights did not last long enough.

“All three cases showed on the ticket on amber time of two point nine seconds, which does not meet federal state or city statements about how long the amber should be, which is three seconds,” said Barnet Fagel, critic for RedLightDoctor.com.

Fagel represented the drivers in all three cases, and his own analysis at 6400 North Sheridan showed even shorter yellow lights -- about 2.7 seconds. But Fagel never had to show that to Judge Alfred Quijano.

In all three cases, the judge never even required the alleged violators to put on a case. He merely looked at the city's version of what happened at these intersections, and threw out the tickets.

“All I had to do was say my name, present, the judge had the pictures, on the pictures it showed two point nine seconds. And he knew what the law was. He reinforced and carried out the right part of the law,” Fagel added.

Mayor Emanuel said, “We threw out redflex -- not just the tickets -- threw them out, over a year ago.”

Mayor Emanuel at an unrelated event defended the red light camera program. He said the original vendor's been replaced, accidents have declined by 30 percent, and his transportation officials meet weekly with the company running the program.

“We're putting the reforms in place with the new company because the old company I fired, for their operation,” Emanuel added.

However, red light camera opponents still want the program abolished.

“If the Mayor does not act, the city council has a duty and a responsibility to act on behalf of protecting the citizens,” said Mark Wallace of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras.

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