Chicago to expand red light cam program

January 6, 2009 5:43:38 AM PST
The city of Chicago now has the green light to expand the use of cameras to photograph cars that run red lights.A federal court of appeals ruled Monday it is not illegal to issue tickets to license plate holders, even if somebody else was driving the car. The judge said the system reduces the costs of law enforcement and increases the proportion of all traffic offenses detected.

Chicago has installed 248 cameras at 123 intersections since 2003. Fifty more will be added this year.

Motorists caught on camera running red lights receive photographs of the violation and are ticketed through the mail.