RLC: The Siren Call Of Cash

A tale of two cities.

Irresistable?

Irresistable?

Naperville: One intersection, two months, 1,906 violations (mostly right turn on red) at $100 each.  That’s $190,600.  30 tickets appealed, all denied.  Naperville’s master plan calls for RLC at 10-15 high traffic intersections.

The city’s red light photo enforcement vendor then conducted a detailed analysis of these four intersections that included a 16-hour violation field survey, a detailed review of crash history and feasibility of camera installation.

Schaumburg: One intersection, 10 weeks, 10,000 violations (mostly right turn on red) at $100 each.  That’s $1,000,000.  50 complaints.  Schaumburg has discontinued right turn camera program, but left in place cameras recording straight through red light running.

We want to be as friendly to customers as we are to villagers, and continuing to enforce the right turn on red when it wasn’t doing anything to improve public safety didn’t make sense,” said Village Manager Ken Fritz.

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