Under a measure the Illinois Senate approved yesterday School districts will be allowed to videotape cars that pass stopped school buses. First time violators would be slapped with a $150 fine after police review of the tape. Opponents, like Republican Senator Dan Duffy of from Lake Barrington, say the fines violate due process:
"People in the state of Illinois are not guilty until proven innocent, even though that's what this bill does."
The fines, of up to $500 for further offenses, would be civil, not criminal, meaning they can be given without an appearance in court. It passed the Senate 36-to-12, but still has to be approved by the House.
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