Red-light cameras raking in cash

Red-light cameras raking in cash

There are 987 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 11, 2009, titled Red-light cameras raking in cash. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When the very first red-light camera was planted in the suburbs at 25th Avenue and Harrison Street in Bellwood, it instantly became more than just a traffic control device.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 11, 2009
That's right Americans, in the land of the free there's camera's every ten feet waiting to take a picture of you, and send a fine to your mailbox. Most of the Arizona residents have began not to pay there tickets from Stalin Machines, and you folks should also do the same. This is just one more attempt by the people who you elected to serve you setting up cash machines to pay for there secret hideaways. Whether it's Obama, or Bush the same Nazi push continues, what will it take for fat America to wake up, and begin to fight!!!!!!!!! See ya in the soup line.....

Park Forest, IL

#2 Jul 11, 2009
I wrote a scathing entry about this exact subject and the hypocracy of the idea of these cameras. See it here:

Read it and agree with me, although at some corners in Chicago we now have both countdown lights and red-light cameras. Maybe I wasn't the only one pointing out this discrepancy in motivation.

Arlington Heights, IL

#5 Jul 11, 2009
Get yourself a portable GPS and then search out the 'net for the RED LIGHT camera POI (point of interest) and load the POI to your GPS. You will now be warned before the intersection. It gives a heads up to be alert about the light condtion RYG (red,yellow,green) and wath your rear view for tailgaters if you have to brake hard for a RED.

see (red light database) costs a few bucks a month but it beats getting a ticket.

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jul 11, 2009
I always stop and count to three before turning right on red now. I didn't do that before...but I have no choice. I get honked at a lot, but there is no choice.

Eventually everyone who doesn't do this will get tickets and then they will chill out.

Northbrook, IL

#7 Jul 11, 2009
Finally an honest appraisal by the Tribune after its editorial board railed about Schaumburg taking its out. Apparently Schaumburg needed its sales tax revenue more than its red light revenue. Definitely not the case in Bellwood. Also, Bellwood's politicians are being honest in admitting that they are crooks.

Gurnee, IL

#8 Jul 11, 2009
I have also heard that yellow lights have been shortened to enhance the effect.When you have sheep that keep electing the same criminals whats one to do?I believe one day our cars will equipt with government mandated monitoring devices to keep tabs on us.All in the name of safety.

Yorkville, IL

#9 Jul 11, 2009
Real police would never give tickets for most of these violations. The public safety issue is a red herring. These are purely cash generators, but the public safety issue provides a barely plausible excuse for ripping off motorists.

Chicago, IL

#10 Jul 11, 2009
If they were really concerned about the safety of drivers they would make the system completely obvious to the drivers.

The traffic cameras are located 100 feet from the intersection and they are painted black. On the other hand, Chicago Police surveillance cameras have a super bright flashing blue beacon on top to let gang bangers know they are being watched. If these cameras were truly installed in the name of safety why is this same courtesy not extended to tax paying citizens and drivers?

“things that make you go "hmmmm”

Since: May 08

Homewood, IL

#11 Jul 11, 2009
Safety or revenue? Revenue. Duh.
Willowbrook or Gaza

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Jul 11, 2009
On the Villa Park police department's website there is a link to FAQ's about red light cameras in their town. It is here that the Villa Park police dept. STRESSES that tickets written for red light camera violations are NOT moving violations and will thus NOT be held against your driving record and WILL NOT adversely affect your insurance rates in any way.
This makes it pretty clear that Villa Park has no interest in taking steps to remove "wreckless" drivers (people who run red lights) from the road. Which kind of flies in the face of their "for safety's sake" argument for red light camera use.
No, Villa Park is just looking for a is Willowbrook.
If you think it's not about money, take a look at the annual reports files by Willowbrook's police department over the last few years.
The Willowbrook police were so proud of their accomplishments last year that they lead off their annual report NOT with discussing safety or their service to their commmunity, but rather with all the new revenue that they've raised for the village in the last year.
If the Willowbrook police were concerned with safety, wouldn't they feel compelled to discuss that in their annual report? Why was their revenue rasing ability the first and most important topic for them to tout?
Anyne who routinely drives through Willowbrook knows the police are predators, at best, with an insatiable appetite for cash...your cash. Thier not just using red light cameras to raise money, but also setting up an assortment of checkpoints, similar to those in the Gaza Strip, trying to nail any driver for any little thing.
For safety's sake? Yeah, long as we define "safety" as "filling the Willowbrook police department's coffers with cash."
Westmont Cash Cow

Batavia, IL

#13 Jul 11, 2009
Hey folks - I got to make the big bucks. Yep. It is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY: from you to ME. I am glad other towns run the same scam on the citizens (and illegals) in this state.

Yorkville, IL

#14 Jul 11, 2009
Everyone should watch McCampbell's speech, especially the last minute. He gets very animated and excited when he talks about the revenue generated by a right-on-red trap, which catches 90% out-of-town drivers. That is very important, because the local officials won't get voted out by out-of-town drivers. They don't want to cheat local residents, only folks from "Naperville", "Downers Grove", etc., who are hurrying home from work.

Joliet, IL

#15 Jul 11, 2009
The simple answer is that Red Light cameras are installed by municipalities because of the revenue. The overwhelming violations are for right turn on red without a complete stop, or in the case of Bolingbrook, stopping beyond the stop line and cars turning left from the turn lane after the light has changed. True red light violations by cars recklessly driving through an intersection after the light has turned red are recorded far and few between. Unfortunately the legislators will not repeal this law because the Municipal League would strongly argue in favor of keeping it because of the revenue source. Next on the legislative agenda will be speed cameras.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#16 Jul 11, 2009
I believe the cameras are necessary for catching people who blow straight through red lights. Some intersections near me now have them and the accidents and deaths are now reduced.

But, they should not be used for an incomplete stop on right turn on red. That's just a cash machine.

Round Lake, IL

#18 Jul 11, 2009
Reality wrote:
I believe the cameras are necessary for catching people who blow straight through red lights. Some intersections near me now have them and the accidents and deaths are now reduced.
But, they should not be used for an incomplete stop on right turn on red. That's just a cash machine.
It's sheep like you thats letting this country go down the drain.
Cheep Fly

Elk Grove Village, IL

#19 Jul 11, 2009
Let's all not forget, not only they giving you a ticket for a red light, and speeding violations but also making sure you have a valid drivers license and insurance that is up to date too!

Roselle, IL

#21 Jul 11, 2009
the survelance cams in England are bright yellow and have large signs and and painted notice on the asphalt declaring camera zone! THAT WORKS. The english also burn & damage at a very proud rate. We need some rebel action back on our street vs our government!
NoConservativePr opaganda

Chicago, IL

#22 Jul 11, 2009
Here's an idea:


United States

#24 Jul 11, 2009
interesting to note that if you look at the locations of the red light cameras in chicago. Very few if any are installed in the Gold Coast or downtown areas. Most of the cameras are on the Near Northwest or Southwest parts of Chicago. In some cases on Cicero Ave. there are cameras every mile or so. Couldn't help but notice they are mainly in areas where people typically don't have as much cash as those that live in the Gold Coast area.....things that make you go hmmmm.....

Hillside, IL

#25 Jul 11, 2009
Ah, yes, Al Ronan. Now there's a sterling character. I didn't know what he was up to these days. Now that he's pilfered enough cash from the tax payers as an elected official and a state pension, he's off peddling cameras and twisting the taxpayers for some more cash. You've got to admit, he didn't retire his greed.

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