Two Suburbs Ending Red Light Camera Programs In March

It seems red light camera enforcement has worn out its welcome in two suburbs west of Chicago.

Far west suburban town Geneva, located in Kane County, is not renewing it’s three year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, which is due to expired in March according to Geneva Patch a year ago.

Even though the Geneva Police Department still stands behind the program, it seems ticketing has declined to such a level, that the town was paying more to Redflex than revenue it was generating for itself according to data that came to light in an opinion piece published in the Geneva Patch.

March is also the month Westmont’s four year contract with RedSpeed Illinois expires according to MySuburbanLife.com.

Over the four year period the two RLC intersections in town generated about 5000 violations and just over $140,000 in revenue. Perhaps the most compelling nugget of data was that crashes dropped from a paltry four in 2009 to just three in 2012 at the intersections in question.

Westmont tried to expand their program to two more locations, but were denied permits from IDOT and DuPage County according to the story.

One wonders if there’s a trend afoot?

Here’s the full story from the Geneva Patch about Geneva’s RLC program, “Geneva Will Say Goodbye to Red-Light Cameras March 8.”

And make sure you read MySuburbanLife.com’s piece about Westmont’s program, “Westmont looks ready to end red light camera program.”

Thanks to Stephen Donaldson for the tips on both stories.

6 Responses to Two Suburbs Ending Red Light Camera Programs In March

  1. [...] Geneva and Westmont Ending Red Light Camera Programs (Expired Meter) [...]

  2. Peter says:

    “It’s not about money, it’s about safety”

    …then end the program when it doesn’t make money.

  3. Slowly the public is getting wise to the MONEY reasons for the cameras and are telling their officials ENOUGH. Jim Walker, NMA

  4. Greg says:

    Interesting about the Westmont cameras. I go thru that intersection all the time. (As a matter of fact, you may remember a recent post of mine about creeping thru intersections to cause the camera to take a video and then having to have someone waste time and check it – that’s one of the intersections I always purposely set off the camera at.)

    I always thought it was bizarre they chose that intersection. It’s not all that busy of an intersection, especially the east west street of Naperville Rd. As stated in the story, there are much busier and more dangerous intersections in Westmont, so why they chose that one is anyone’s guess. Plus they only put them in 2 of the 4 directions, and one of them is on the less busy road of the 2. The fact there were only 4 crashes there doesn’t surprise me at all. NB Cass at that intersection is at the end of downtown Westmont, and the limit is 25 MPH, and people usually drive even slower than that. And people slow down on SB Cass because as soon as you cross the intersection it hits downtown. Naperville Rd in both directions is one lane at 30 MPH, except just before the intersection where the left turn lane appears. Makes no sense why they chose that intersection.

    If you think of the 5000 number, that’s 1250 a year, and less than 4 a day. I guarantee you there are far more red light violations per day at 3 or 4 other intersections not far from there.

    And the revenue is only $35,000 a year.

    They done screwed up…

  5. JP says:

    Some of these may be legitimate, but I find that a fair amount of them are bogus.

    Lake St. and Barrington Rd. in Hanover Park is a joke. Both directions have their left turns controlled by arrows, which leads me to believe that there’s 0 chance of a right angle collision. But since it’s such a major thoroughfare that tons of commuters take every morning Hanover is more than willing to tag any non-citizens that it can.

    Pure cash grab, 0 safety improvement.

  6. betterfredthandead says:

    Fred!

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