Unlike most jurisdictions that switched off their speed cameras after state legislators passed a burdensome new law, Linndale has gone to great lengths to comply. The village set up an administrative hearing process for appeals. It erected signs. It conducted a safety study.
And in its latest move to bolster the franchise that provides most of the village's financing, construction is underway on a small roadside house where a police officer can observe the traffic cameras. State law mandates the presence of a police officer, even though a camera ticket is a civil infraction and doesn't count on your driving record.
The house is situated just off Memphis Avenue on the Avenue of Peace, the road that leads into the few streets that comprise Linndale. It's in the same spot where an officer has been sitting in a village-owned car. The structure covers 80 square feet and will provide a comfortable perch for the officer, with electricity, heat, air conditioning and a view of the cameras through a large picture window.
Not that he's required to even look at them. The law, Amended Senate Bill 342, only requires that an officer be present when cameras flag speeders. The officer doesn't have to witness an infraction, verify a license number, or even be conscious.
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