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Thank you for your series on red light cameras. It is a perfectly controversial topic, and a perfect subject for responsible journalism. Who can say it isn't about safety? And who can deny it's about cash flow?
Full Story published 7/31/2009 12:00 AM
A red light camera is in the process of being installed at Routes 68 and 72 in East Dundee, specifically to target motorists turning right onto Route 72 from Route 68.
Full Story published 7/31/2009 12:00 AM
Enjoyed your articles about photo enforced red lights. Most often the white stop lines are drawn too far back to see approaching traffic, thus making a second stop necessary, indicting this is unfortunately a scam.
Full Story published 7/30/2009 12:01 AM
Thank you for the in-depth look at the latest attempt by our local governments to siphon money off the residents. It is obvious the cameras at the intersections are a moneymaking scheme disguised as a safety precaution. Look at the statistics!
Full Story published 7/29/2009 12:00 AM
In response to your story, "Elk Grove Resident Drops Idea of Red Light Camera Referendum", I'd like to direct comments at Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson, and, indirectly, at the Village board of trustees.
Full Story published 7/27/2009 12:02 AM
To anyone that read your red-light articles it should be obvious that there is one and only reason for these cameras existence and that is they are money generating devices for the government.
Full Story published 7/27/2009 12:02 AM
I am wondering if village vehicles are exempt from the "red-light cameras"? I am also wondering why bicyclists that blow stop signs are not stopped and ticketed? If they were stopped and ticketed and publicity given, bicyclists would not be blowing through stop signs!
Full Story published 7/27/2009 12:02 AM
I was disheartened to read in the recent Buffalo Grove Village Board agenda that red light cameras were listed, especially in light of the recent Daily Herald series on the problems associated with those systems.
Full Story published 7/27/2009 12:02 AM
The fact is we are in one of the worst recessions since the great depression, tax revenues are down across the board, and public support for any tax increase borders on hostility.
Full Story published 7/23/2009 12:02 AM
After "Red Camera" articles taking up about 10 pages of paper during the past couple of days I am motivated to question your priorities. Only about one page of your paper was dedicated to how state budget cuts affected the disabled and their special needs employment centers.
Full Story published 7/22/2009 12:01 AM
Upset about so many tickets for right turn on red? Follow the money. The camera companies benefit when there's more tickets issued; they're interested in generating as many tickets as possible.
Full Story published 7/22/2009 12:01 AM
Several times each week I walk to complete various errands in and around Central Naperville. As a frequent pedestrian, I have no sympathy for drivers who get ticketed turning right on red without stopping.
Full Story published 7/21/2009 12:10 AM
I am writing concerning your excellent coverage of the red-light camera issue, which has become a hot topic all across the Chicago area.
Full Story published 7/18/2009 11:06 PM
Nobody likes the idea of cameras monitoring our driving, but there's another side to this story. I've been forced by an injury to ride my bike for exercise instead of running. If you do that, you realize that we've become a nation of very sloppy drivers.
Full Story published 7/18/2009 11:06 PM
Outstanding article on the use and misuse of red-light cameras, and their proliferation in the Northwest suburbs. I got a ticket for a right-turn violation in Elk Grove Village. It was the first and only ticket in my entire 40 years of driving, and if a cop was behind me, he wouldn't have issued a ticket.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
Thank you to the Daily Herald for the investigative reporting on the red-light cameras and how they are being used mainly to make money for the towns and how they only catch people turning right on red.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
Thank you to the Daily Herald for the investigative reporting on the red-light cameras and how they are being used mainly to make money for the towns and how they only catch people turning right on red.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
Many of us now who have read the article on red light right turns are now seeing red without the lights. No doubt this is great revenue for the village or township and is being milked to the limit.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
It would be nice if the red-light cameras were to be used for law enforcement. That is, the cameras could be loaded or downloaded each day with the current list of stolen, non-insured or non-licensed vehicles. The camera would span each passing vehicle until it captured a match with the daily file.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
I agree with Sen. Dan Duffy's letter published Wednesday. If these red-light camera intersections are supposed to be so dangerous why not put no turn on red signs at these particular streets.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
I am a daily, faithful reader of your newspaper and would like to comment on your recent series about red-light cameras. I would like to acquaint you with a situation that just happened to us.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
I just read the letter from state Sen. Dan Duffy of Barrington. I agree with him completely. The red light camera, such as the one at Woodfield, has caused drivers more than $1 million.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
I am glad that the Daily Herald is covering the issue of "red-light cameras." Many of the cameras in the U.S. are sold by Redflex - an Australian-based company that also installs cameras in the U.K. and other parts of Europe.
Full Story published 7/16/2009 12:00 AM
Can we please move the debate about whether the installation of the red-light cameras is strictly for safety reasons and just accept the fact that the primary reason they exist is to generate revenue for the companies who install/maintain them and the village that allows for their installation?
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
Everyone favors making our roads safer for citizens, but "red-light cameras" put revenue above safety. These cameras are supposed to help prevent accidents by taking pictures and issuing tickets to people who speed through intersections while the light is red.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
I don't understand the fuss about red-light cameras at intersections. I would like to see them at many more. It's a win-win situation - more revenue for municipalities and scofflaws are being taught to obey traffic laws.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
f right turn on red was such a safety issue, I imagine IDOT or whoever governs this rule would repeal the right turn on red law. Like any other traffic law, there always seems to be some leeway, i.e. 35 mph in a posted 30 mph zone.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
Several times each week I walk to complete various errands in and around central Naperville. As a frequent pedestrian, I have no sympathy for drivers who get ticketed turning right on red without stopping.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
Regarding traffic cameras, we can argue whether or not the cameras are cash cows; we can argue about the criteria used for assessing violations; we can argue about the size of the fines or the mechanisms in place for appealing the tickets; we can even argue about the enforcement disparity.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
I read the whole article on right turns and how the people who sell this equipment make money and don't save lives. My son was one of those who did not completely stop and a $100 ticket came, which I paid for so not to have any conflict in the courthouse because you lose anyway.
Full Story published 7/15/2009 12:00 AM
If you get a red light camera ticket, the cost is $100. If you go to court for it, your fine is now $140 and you are automatically charged as guilty. Thus $140 saves the court time.
Full Story published 6/2/2009 12:11 AM
There is a Photo Ticket camera in Elk Grove Village monitoring the stop sign at the intersection of eastbound Biesterfield Road and the entrance ramp to southbound Route 53.
Full Story published 5/4/2009 12:07 AM
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