Red-light citations, accidents drop in Western Springs
Updated: November 16, 2011 12:56PM
Accidents and citations for running the red light at the intersection of Ogden and Wolf are down, according to an update about the red-light photo enforcement at Monday Village Board meeting.
Cameras were installed at the intersection in May 2009, and according to Trustee Patrick Word, citations are down to a 190 per month average from 400 when the cameras were first installed. Of the 190, about two-thirds of the drivers are found liable.
“I see that people are slowing down and paying more attention,” said Village President William Rodeghier. “I think it heightens people’s sense of safety.”
Word said the village makes about $7,100 per month in citation fees, and the revenue from citations is up slightly from the previous year.
“In May, we’re required by the state do a more thorough study of the intersection and the statistics,” said Word. “Citation and accident frequency do fluctuate, so we’re interested in getting more information about that and determining exactly how helpful the cameras are.”
Once the study is complete, results will be made available to residents.
“I’ve been happy with the program and look forward to evaluating more next year,” Rodeghier said. “I hope we can continue to make that intersection safer.”