Morton Grove’s First Red Light Camera Now Live
The town’s first red light camera just went live July 1st, issuing $100 tickets to drivers going northbound on Waukegan Road at Dempster Ave. if drivers through the intersection when the light is red.
“Red-light cameras punish lawbreakers, serve as a warning to drive safer, and let police officers spend time patrolling for other serious crimes.” said Morton Grove Chief of Police Mark Erickson. “Too many drivers choose to ignore traffic signals and risk the dangers of running through a red light. We want to change this behavior in Morton Grove and encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red.”
The camera system was operational as of June 1st, but per state law, only issued warning tickets sans monetary fine for the first 30 days.
According to Charles Territo, Vice President of Communications for American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS)s, the vendor operating and administering Morton Grove’s lone RLC, a total of 325 warnings were issued during the month-long warning period.
Unlike some red light camera programs, Morton Grove’s process calls for ATS to forward all potential violations to the police department for review and must approve the violation before the violation is issued by mail to the registered vehicle owner.