Red Light Cameras

Photo and Video Enforcement Program (Red Light Cameras) In concert with all of the Village’s traffic safety programs, the goal of this program is to make our community roads safer and reduce automobile-related tragedies by addressing red light running. The campaign seeks to re-establish respect for traffic signals in an effort to enhance the safety of residents and visitors. The aim is also to reduce the number and severity of crashes in addition to injuries and fatalities caused by dangerous and aggressive driving.

Will a red light violation show up on my driving record?

No, although a person who has accumulated 5 or more unpaid citations can have their drivers license suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State.

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How do I contest a red light citation?

You have a right by state statute and village ordinance to appeal a citation through our administrative hearing process. Instructions are included with the citation you receive in the mail.

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How much is the fine for a red light violation?

$100.00. The fine can increase to $200.00 if not paid within 21 days.

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Is the village going to adjust yellow light timing to increase violation rates?

No. The village has no control over signal timing at any intersection in town. Signal timing is controlled by Lake County DOT and Illinois DOT according to their established scientific procedures. Both entities have monitored and extended signal timings at these and many other traffic signals since their original installations based upon crash data.

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Don’t red light cameras make mistakes?

They can, but laws require that red light cameras must meet specified standards and be well maintained. Like any citation issued by police, a comprehensive process is in place where people can appeal their citation, and photo enforcement is no different.

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For a redlight violation, does a machine issue me a ticket?

No. Before a ticket is ever issued, a number of individuals, including an authorized Gurnee police officer, review the video and photos to ensure that each ticket is legitimate. Also, drivers issued a ticket will have the ability to review photos and video to clearly see why they were issued a ticket.

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Aren't Red Light Cameras just an attempt by the Village to raise additional revenue?

No, but as with any ticket, those issued a citation are required to pay a fine. These funds go back into the operating expenses of the service and provide additional revenue for the village. The objective of photo enforcement is to deter violators, not to catch them. Signs and publicity campaigns warn drivers that photo enforcement is in use.

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Do red light cameras violate motorists’ right to privacy?

No. Driving is a regulated activity on public roads. By obtaining a license, a motorist agrees to abide by certain rules, such as to obey traffic signals. Neither the law nor common sense suggests drivers should not be observed on the road or have their violations documented.

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I’ve heard that red light cameras don’t improve road safety. Is that true?

Red light cameras are proven to deter red light running and are an effective supplement to traditional law enforcement. Red light cameras are in operation in more than 200 U.S. communities, up from only two communities 10 years ago, and have been used internationally since the 1970s.

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Isn’t it more dangerous for cars to slam on their brakes if they fear running a red light rather than to simply keep driving?

The technology is set to photograph only those vehicles entering the intersection after the light has turned red. While drivers who fear a ticket for red light running can cause a rear end collision by applying their brakes too rapidly, these types of accidents are far less dangerous than the typical right-angle collision caused by red light running, indicating a positive aggregate benefit.

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