10 facts about red-light cameras

10 facts about red-light cameras

There are 151 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 7, 2009, titled 10 facts about red-light cameras. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

How exactly does red-light photo enforcement work? The Tribune recently visited the offices of RedSpeed Illinois and Redflex Traffic Systems for an exclusive first look at how these companies capture, review and report possible violations.

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gps camera detector

Brisbane, CA

#1 Apr 7, 2009
#11 - gps camera detectors can warn you when you're near a camera. check out www.gpsangel.com for one of these.
PhotoRadarScam

Queen Creek, AZ

#2 Apr 8, 2009
Did Redflex and Redspeed tell you that accident rates often INCREASE at intersections where cameras are installed? It's true. Did Redflex tell you they have been found guilty of falsifying court documents and using unlicensed equipment? Did Redflex tell you how often their equipment malfunctions? http://PhotoRadarScam.com
Bob

Chicago, IL

#3 Apr 8, 2009
I have recently noticed two "newer" camera placements.
Wolf Road and Ogden in Western Springs and one
near Wal-Mart on Route 83 in Villa Park.

I am in favor, however, frequently traveling those intersections I have noticed they "scare" people not to turn right on red, or people slow down before entering the intersection.
I guess the statistics don't show these two problems cause accidents.
Jim A in Chicago

Plainfield, IL

#4 Apr 8, 2009
Bob wrote:
I have recently noticed two "newer" camera placements.
Wolf Road and Ogden in Western Springs and one
near Wal-Mart on Route 83 in Villa Park.
I am in favor, however, frequently traveling those intersections I have noticed they "scare" people not to turn right on red, or people slow down before entering the intersection.
I guess the statistics don't show these two problems cause accidents.
Which means that -#8 - they should switch in a dummy system when they move their equipment to another intersection.
Paul S

Arlington Heights, IL

#5 Apr 8, 2009
If these devices were truly designed for law enforcement, why then are the cameras moved when revenue declines?
Go Bears

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Apr 8, 2009
8. According to RedSpeed employees, most intersections see about a 40 percent decline in red-light violations within three months of a camera's activation at that location. When this happens—and revenue decreases—cities often relocate the cameras.

And they say its not about revenue. Once the scoffs realize the cameras gone they'll eat the reds again.
Jerky

Naperville, IL

#7 Apr 8, 2009
Paul S wrote:
If these devices were truly designed for law enforcement, why then are the cameras moved when revenue declines?
Very good point...

Just proves that they aren't for safety. Greedy bastages...
Guy Fawkes

Rantoul, IL

#9 Apr 8, 2009
This product:

http://www.phantomplate.com/

Will make your licence plate invisible to the cameras they use to catch you at red-light cameras.
Just observing

Bethpage, NY

#10 Apr 8, 2009
Much like the seat belt law is about revenue, these cameras have nothing to do with safety or law enforcement. It's just about the money.
CanTheyCatch

Springfield, IL

#11 Apr 8, 2009
Can they catch the rate and speed of the Mayor Daley selling off the city to get his beloved Olympics? SkyWay, Grant Park, Parking Meters, and Midway Airport is next.
Snake Pliskin

Waukesha, WI

#12 Apr 8, 2009
I really dont have a problem with these systems, drivers in chicago suck so bad 3/4 of them deserve tickets. I wish there were tickets handed out atuomatically for driving stupid in general, that would cure the budget gap and make king dicky happy he could line all his buddies pockets and then some.
tostep

Elgin, IL

#13 Apr 8, 2009
As much as I hate these cameras, I'd rather have my city using them for a revenue generator than taxes.

It's quite simple to avoid paying fines....obey the law.

We don't have a choice when it comes to property taxes...
Ayatollah

Elgin, IL

#14 Apr 8, 2009
Guy Fawkes wrote:
This product:
http://www.phantomplate.com/
Will make your licence plate invisible to the cameras they use to catch you at red-light cameras.
also works for the I-Pass cameras when you drive through without a transponder = free tolls
AEM

Clarendon Hills, IL

#15 Apr 8, 2009
They tell us the cameras are for our safety , then when revenue goes done the move the camera to another location. The heck with our safety it all about the revenue !!!
JOE

Chicago, IL

#16 Apr 8, 2009
Fact #11 . These "scameras" have in no way shape or form anything to do with improving safety. They are 100% about screwing the taxpayer for revenue and lining the pockets of greedy corrupt politicians.. In fact. just assume this is an extra tax. Find out all politicians who put these in and vote them out!!
Lee Majors

Midlothian, IL

#17 Apr 8, 2009
Guy Fawkes wrote:
This product:
http://www.phantomplate.com/
Will make your licence plate invisible to the cameras they use to catch you at red-light cameras.
Its a plate cover (it's illegal to cover your plate in any way in most states) with glitter all over it. Complete rip off, and that spray stuff is also a scam (debunked on Mythbusters).
cityboy1961

Berwyn, IL

#18 Apr 8, 2009
To make things fair, what about cameras to catch jaywalkers, those bike messengers who dart in front of you, taxis who cut people off, and finally corrupt politicians who stick it to the people. How about sticking a camera in Daley's office so we can see who comes and goes all day?
cityboy1961

Berwyn, IL

#19 Apr 8, 2009
Lee Majors wrote:
<quoted text>
Its a plate cover (it's illegal to cover your plate in any way in most states) with glitter all over it. Complete rip off, and that spray stuff is also a scam (debunked on Mythbusters).
Don't know if it works or not, but some states are also making it illegal to spray anything on your plate, in addition to license plate covers. First they banned tinted covers and now the clear ones too. There's a chance the sprays may work, if states are going to the trouble of passing laws against them.
just bob

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Apr 8, 2009
PUT YOUR SEAT BELT ON AND STOP AT ALL YELLOW LIGHTS ,THEN THE CAMERA CAN PICK UP THE REAR END COLLISIONS
ones you forgot

Chicago, IL

#21 Apr 8, 2009
Here are some facts you forgot:

11. Red Light cameras INCREASE accidents and do not decrease them: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080313/231...

12. Once the cameras are there, municipalities have been caught LOWERING the yellow light time trying to get more tickets, resulting in an even further increase in accidents: http://www.motorists.org/blog/6-cities-that-w...

13. The only proven way to increase safety has been to INCREASE yellow light time: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/...

14. Increasing the yellow light time saves lives, but doesn't raise revenue for the city. Chicago (and other cities) know this, yet instead of saving lives opt to increase revenue: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090324/094...

Red light camers = more drivers dead, but more money for the city. So guess which ones our leaders want?

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