Alderman Suarez Proposes Count Down Timers At All Red Light Camera Intersections
Alderman Ray Suarez (31st) wants to resurrect the idea of installing pedestrian count down timers at all intersections with red light camera enforcement, to help drivers know how much time is left before the light turns yellow.
This same idea was floated by Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) about two years ago, but never went anywhere due to the high cost. According to CDOT the cost to install timers would be $15,000 – $45,000 per intersection or about $8.5 million dollars for outfitting all 189 RLC intersections.
Suarez says the red light intersection with countdown timers in his ward have helped drivers–especially senior citizens who he says need more time to react.
CDOT’s Brian Steele says countdown timers are for pedestrians, are not intended to be used by drivers and perhaps constitute a dangerous distraction for drivers who should be looking ahead–not at the timer.