Saturday, May 24, 2014

Red Light Camera Obscura

Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty. If you are like your LakeCountyEye, you are spending the holiday weekend stuck in a traffic backup at some blinkin' red light. And thumbing down the RSS news feed on the BlackBerry.

Haha, if you hate red light cameras, someone has taken that cause all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. According to the Daily Herald ...
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.
Attorney: Red-light cameras "nakedly" unconstitutional
The Court has not ruled yet. But Lake County municipalities are already preparing for a worst-case scenario: what to do with all the cashiered red light cameras if they get ruled unconstitutional. Your LakeCountyEye has been told that opinions are divided. At least 10 ways to repurpose that decommissioned red light camera are under consideration:
Ten Alternative Uses for a Lake County Red Light Camera
  1. Free LCDOT selfies!
  2. Souvenir for the Dan Duffy trophy wall.
  3. Photograph Route 53 Extension toll runners.
  4. Rejigger them into Automated Speed Cameras.
  5. Tape Island Lake board meetings.
  6. Record a Lake County Best Day of My Life video.
  7. Live backyard chicken nest cam.
  8. Log actionable evidence against those slow moving CN trains.
  9. Nab card counters at the Waukegan casino.
  10. Boat anchor.
Hopefully the Illinois Supreme Court will rule soon. Your LakeCountyEye is waiting for the green light to blow off that red light.

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