2 Suburbs: No Amnesty For Running Red Lights In Blizzard

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — While most drivers unlucky enough to have had to drive during the Blizzard of 2011 will be let off the hook for any slips through a red light, at least two suburban police departments are saying ‘no amnesty.’

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports, in Libertyville and Elk Grove Village, if you got a red light ticket issued Feb. 1 or 2 during the blizzard, you have to pay it as if it were any other day.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports

But Libertyville police hedge a little bit. They say there were four red-light violations during the blizzard, but they won’t say whether four tickets will be issued.

The Daily Herald reports many other suburbs are giving drivers a break on red light tickets, on the grounds that drivers couldn’t see clearly, or that red light cameras couldn’t take clear pictures because of all the snow.

The City of Chicago also suspended enforcement of red light cameras for the blizzard.

Chicago Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey, in a statement earlier this week, said that because of the “unusual and difficult conditions” caused by the storm, the city will not issue tickets to anyone caught on camera between 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 2.

  • Nathan

    Well that just proves that those cameras are all about bringing in revenue and nothing more. During the blizzard you couldnt even see the lights and I saw one light where the yellow and green were completely covered in snow. Even the City of CHicago as money hungry as they are suspended the issuance of tickets.

  • Bob Barker

    “They say there four red-light violations during the blizzard”

    Huh? Doesn’t anyone proofread this stuff?

    • Bob Barker

      Psst, that sentence no verb. ;)

  • South Side

    And we had a revolution about the tea tax.

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