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Drivers complain red light cameras costing them money, judge agrees

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A judge in Chicago said he throws out 70 percent of red light tickets, a figure one spokesman said is far lower citywide. (Source: WBBM/CBS) A judge in Chicago said he throws out 70 percent of red light tickets, a figure one spokesman said is far lower citywide. (Source: WBBM/CBS)

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) - A judge apparently agreed with motorists that yellow lights change too quickly in some areas, and that's why some could get money back for tickets they paid.

Before a traffic light turns red in Chicago, it's supposed to sit on yellow for three seconds.

But Judge Robert Sussman said that's not always happening, and drivers are getting tickets they don't deserve.

Barnet Fagel makes it his mission to fight yellow lights that are too short, and he uses his own computer program to prove his point.

Sussman tossed two tickets Fagel was fighting, and someone could have knocked him over with a feather Monday after the judge's statement.

"He said, 'I throw out about 70 percent of these because the yellows are too short," Fagel said.

But city spokesperson Adam Collins said only 18 percent of appealed red light camera tickets have been overturned this year. He defended the yellow light duration, saying they last their required time.

Those fighting the expensive citations, including Mark Wallace, aren't convinced.

"This is a clear problem. It's unsafe," said Wallace.

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