Illinois Governor Signs Bill For Railroad Crossing Cameras

Motorists who squeeze their vehicles through railroad crossings could be caught on videotape under a new law Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois. State officials hope the cameras will reduce traffic accidents around railroad tracks. “Photo enforcement is a good way for the police to enforce railroad crossing signals and keep drivers safe,” Blagojevich said in a prepared statement. “Now that drivers know they’ll be photographed if they go around lowered crossing gates, hopefully they won’t do it.” The cameras will catch an image of the vehicle and its driver. Lawbreakers caught on tape will receive a traffic ticket through the mail. On first offense, people must pay a $250 fine or perform 24 hours of community service. Additional violations bring a $500 fine and possible six month suspension of vehicle registration.