Articles filed under Traffic Cameras

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  • Local Republican tries to do away with red-light cameras Jan 22, 2015 6:01 PM
    A suburban Republican wants to do away with the state law that allows red-light cameras to spy on drivers. State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, introduced the legislation following reports that cameras in Chicago didn’t help intersections become safer.

  • Speed-camera backlash has towns scraping for cash Jan 3, 2015 7:19 AM
    Municipalities that installed traffic cameras to boost revenue are scraping for cash to fill budget gaps after complaints by irate drivers forced them to cancel their use.

  • Constable: Tollway death counts are more than numbers Dec 9, 2014 5:26 AM
    In 2012, when our expressways debuted those electric signs listing the annual number of Illinois traffice fatalities, I appreciated the shock value. Now, those signs seem more of a curiosity to me. I see Monday's 860 death toll and wonder: Did the ban on hand-held cellphones keep that number from growing higher? What does the 70-mph speed limit do to those numbers? If I drive to the family farm before Christmas, will that number have topped 900?

  • Dist. 15, Rolling Meadows police crack down on drivers who ignore bus signs Aug 14, 2014 5:49 PM
    A maker of red-light cameras has found new business in suburban school districts. Several are experimenting with cameras that catch drivers blowing stop signs on school buses. In Rolling Meadows, police will review footage to catch violators and issue $150 tickets.

  • Traffic camera fines not put to good use Feb 24, 2014 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Robert Garrett of Schaumburg says that if Elk Grove Village really wanted to improve the safety of the intersections where it put red-light cameras, they would have used the fines to redesign the intersections to make them permanently safer.

  • Rosemont extends red-light camera contract Feb 14, 2014 11:48 AM
    The Rosemont village board voted unanimously this week to extend its red-light camera contract with Lombard-based RedSpeed Illinois LLC through Aug. 23, 2016. The original six-year contract went into effect Aug. 24, 2007.

  • Caught in red-light merry-go-round Sep 10, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: After getting a red-light traffic ticket in Elk Grove Village, Iris Seefeldt has a few questions. "I want to know where in the Rules of the Road it states how long one must stay in a stopped position before proceeding?" she demands.

  • Gurnee wants deadbeats to pay $1.5 milllion in red-light camera violation fines May 24, 2013 12:26 PM
    Gurnee has been stiffed on about $1.5 million in red-light camera violation fines and has turned to a state agency in the hope of getting money from the deadbeats. "Obviously, there are a lot (of outstanding tickets) hanging out there," Village Administrator Patrick Muetz said.

  • Mayor responds to red-light complaint Mar 12, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson responds to a complaint from a Downstate man, who got a ticket at one of the village's red-light traffic cameras. Johnson says the video disproves the driver's claim that he came to a full stop, and the mayor takes issue with the claim that the cameras are nothing more than revenue generators.

  • He has a strategy for avoiding tickets Feb 27, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: John Billis has a foolproof strategy for avoiding traffic camera tickets; he won't turn right on red at any intersections that have them. "People behind you will honk their horns and swear, but stand your ground and do not turn until the light changes," he writes.

  • Caught by traffic camera in EGV Feb 18, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: A central Illinois man writes about his disgust with the red light traffic cameras in Elk Grove Village. "Please donít allow a red light money pit program to continue in Elk Grove Village," he writes.

  • Last of Kane County’s red-light cameras to go dark, for now Feb 16, 2013 8:00 AM
    The only two remaining red-light cameras on Kane County roads will go off the grid in a few weeks. But county rules still leave the door open for new cameras in the future. “Nothing precludes somebody from applying for a red-light camera under our revised rules,” said Kane County Transportation Director Carl Schoedel. “But there’s been a lot less interest in the cameras.”

  • Paratransit advocates still seething over 'limo' comment Oct 29, 2012 12:27 PM
    Thanks to the binders full of emails I received on paratransit, I'm turning the column over to you today. But that's not the only hot transportation topic this week. We've also got some feisty comments on red-light cameras, plus IDOT explains why work on Butterfield Road is taking soooooo long. To recap, Regional Transportation Authority Chairman John Gates apologized Wednesday for comments he made to the Daily Herald Oct. 4 about paratransit, the pickup service for riders with disabilities. Gates had compared paratransit to a “federally mandated limousine service.”

  • Gurnee makes another 3-year red-light camera contract May 25, 2012 6:37 PM
    Gurnee has amde another contract with a red-light camera comapny, which officials say guarantees won't cost the village more than it receives in fines.

  • No need proven for speed cameras Mar 13, 2012 6:28 PM
    A proposal to allow speed cameras in school zones should be viewed skeptically until claims it would actually make streets near schools safer are proven, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Aurora cops: Red-light cameras reducing accidents Feb 8, 2012 10:30 AM
    Reducing the number of accidents at crash-prone intersections always has been the goal of Aurora’s red-light camera program, and police Chief Greg Thomas said numbers show the effort is succeeding. In 2011, Aurora saw a 7.5 percent decrease in accidents from 2010 totals at its five intersections with red-light cameras, Thomas said.

  • Naperville to shut down red-light cameras Jan 3, 2012 5:38 AM
    Motorists in Naperville will face a little less scrutiny beginning Tuesday as the city officially pulls the plug on its three red-light cameras. The cameras have been operating for three years at the intersections of Route 59 and North Aurora Road, Route 59 and Diehl Road, and Ogden and Aurora avenues.

  • Naperville red-light cameras to be turned off Jan. 3 Nov 2, 2011 12:33 PM
    Naperville City Council members, in a surprise move, Tuesday decided to remove the city's red-light cameras when they declined to pick up an optional fourth year on their contract. “It seems to me the red-light camera at North Aurora and 34 is costing us money,” said Councilman Steve Chirico.

  • Year later, Des Plaines wants more data on red-light cameras Nov 1, 2011 4:26 PM
    A one-year review of red-light cameras in Des Plaines shows that accidents actually went up at the intersection of Golf and Rand roads, though they were less serious than the previous year. The review also found that even though the cameras flagged numerous driver infractions, police didnít issue citations in nearly half the cases.

  • Hoffman Estates to start ticketing at Barrington/Higgins Aug 8, 2011 12:14 PM
    No more Mr. Nice Guy: Starting Aug. 7, the Hoffman Estates Police Department will end the warning tickets and start issuing real tickets to drivers who run red lights at Barrington and Higgins roads.

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