DuPage County Rejects Red Light Camera Proposals

WHEATON, Ill. (WBBM) — Red light cameras won’t be coming to DuPage County-controlled intersections anytime soon. WBBM’s Bob Roberts explains.

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The DuPage County Board’s Transportation Committee rejected two proposed ordinances Tuesday, by votes of 5-0 and 4-1.

Initially, says the committee’s chair, Commissioner Don Puchalski (R-Addison), almost every community had at least one site it wanted the country to consider — 120 in all, based on a minimum of five “preventable” crashes a year at each of the intersections. But Puchalski said proponents could never present testimony showing conclusively that the cameras prevent accidents and promote safety.

He said support for red-light cameras has waned since the idea was first broached in 2007.

“Schaumburg, Bolingbrook and Geneva have all removed their red-light cameras, and I don’t know that the evidence clearly establishes a pure safety reason. We thought it was more revenue-based.”

Puchalski said cameras to generate revenue were not something most commissioners wanted; only Commissioner Jim Zay dissented.

Despite that, Puchalski said he will not rule out cameras red light in the future at one or two particularly dangerous intersections. But he said when is up to the county board.

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  • Mike

    Red light cameras are ridiculous when it is used for “right turn on red” situations. In those instances, I believe that they are only for revenue generating purposes.

    • La_Z boy

      Most people make a rolling stop before making a right turn on a red light. Authorities have all the rights to collect from these cheaters. Make a complete stop before making a right turn and you won’t have to worry about getting a ticket.

  • Gregg

    How can the state possibly justify handing out moving violations to a vehicle, rather than a person? If a business owner has four employees and three of them get tickets within a year, can the business owner’s drivers license be suspended? How can that be constitutional? It seems to me, a smart lawyer could get a judge to find these red light cameras unconstitutional.

  • Vince Gomez


    The way I understand it, the tickets issued through red light cameras a more like parking tickets. They are only moving violations if a police officer physically issues the ticket. Either way, I am happy with this ruling.

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