Chicago will keep extra $7.7M in red light ticket money it collected
The City of Chicago admitted that it secretly shortened some yellow stoplights to collect extra revenue from its red-light cameras.
The city received a $7.7 million windfall this year from the 77,000 tickets issued under the yellow light change, and while a refund was considered, the head of the Department of Transportation chief says the city will keep the extra ticket money.
The city says any yellow light lasting 2.9 seconds or longer is in line with national standards, so there’s no reason to return the money.
“These were violations of the law, they were legitimate tickets and we stand behind them,”Chicago Department of Transportation chief Rebekah Scheinfeld said at a City Council hearing on red light cameras.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the city made a determination in September to restore the longer yellow light standard.