River Forest trustees revisit red light cameras

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

River Forest president John Rigas made a slight slip of the tongue at a Monday night board meeting when he introduced an agenda item to discuss a "red light district."

"I say absolutely not," joked fellow trustee Catherine Adduci.

A chuckling Rigas quickly corrected himself.

In fact, the topic of discussion was the installation of red light cameras at certain stoplights around town. The cameras are used to catch motorists running red lights and help avoid dangerous auto accidents at busy intersections.

"It's been over a year since the red light cameras came before us, and I would like my fellow trustees to give approval to update the numbers," said trustee Michael Gibbs, referring to the cost assessments made during the last discussion.

When the topic was first broached, the village discussed the possibility of installing the cameras at the Lake and Harlem intersection and the Harlem and North intersection.

Gibbs said the large number of accidents at each of these two intersections made it important to review the red light camera proposal.

But at least one trustee is not interested in the idea of cameras. "Just for the record, I'm not inclined to be amenable to the red light cameras," said trustee Susan Conti.

This article has been changed to indicate that the "red light district" comment was made by John Rigas. 

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S. D. Plissken from Oak Park  

Posted: February 18th, 2011 1:50 PM

As River Forest only owns 1/2 of Lake and Harlem and 1/4 of North and Harlem how exactly will this work? I suppose I can go North Bonnie Brea and exit RF on Oak, if I am to shop any longer at Whole Foods. I am not as worried about North and Harlem, as it is not an intersection I use, often.

John Lathrop from River Forest  

Posted: February 18th, 2011 1:09 PM

The intention is purely - FINANCIAL. Even the previous Police Chief admitted. Statistics show there is no real problem at these intersections. It will just cause traffic, because people do even think twice to make a right turn if they know a camera exist. I want to invite everybody to joing the movement to defeat this ridiculous law.

Bruce DeViller  

Posted: February 18th, 2011 10:46 AM

If traffic safety is the real motivator, let's see current stats & then contrast it with the data once the system has been up & running. If traffic safety is a red herring, and additional revenue is the real motivator, then our leaders should be aware that any revenue increase will only be temporary. Once the system is in place the violations will decrease (and so will the $ generated by fines). Data from surrounding communities will show that trend. Behavior modification works.

Jim from RF  

Posted: February 18th, 2011 9:25 AM

Henny, I am confused. Who is Ms. Ronan? She is not in the article and I don't see her name on the Village web site.

Albert  

Posted: February 18th, 2011 7:26 AM

Accidents& Safety Should come first. In Melrose Park, the Accidents are down at Nrth & 5th - people are not running red lights -that is good. If this is the problem causing accidents on Nrth & Hrlm, than lets talk and provide the facts by the village. Otherwise, this is a bad idea - period.

Henny  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 5:39 PM

Will Ms. Ronan recuse herself? http://blog.motorists.org/illinois-red-light-cameras-scam/

Jim from RF  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 4:09 PM

The village is going for the money grab, trying to get more cash like Bellwood and Melrose Park. If it is truly a safety issue, then simply put up a no turn on red sign. Regarding safety, this came from TribLocal: "It's not uncommon to see an increase in rear-end accidents, [at red light cameras]" said Guy Tridgell, communication manager at the Illinois Department of Transportation. As suggested by John Rigas, perhaps we should put in a red light district instead. It is the same end result.

Tom from RF  

Posted: February 16th, 2011 6:40 PM

The Village needs to make public all the data of all the accidents at those intersections - that involved people running red lights. If this truly is the case (and the facts will speak for themselves) than safety should definitely be considered. However, they should only be discussing those areas on Harlem & Lake and Harlem and North. I suspect that the records will clearly indicate if this is a safety need - or just another ploy for a quick grab to RAISE fees.

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