How do red light cameras work?
Red light cameras automatically photograph vehicles whose drivers run red lights. The cameras are connected to the traffic signal and to sensors that monitor traffic flow just before the crosswalk or stop line. The camera captures any vehicle that doesn't stop during the red phase. Cameras record the date, time of day, vehicle speed, and license plate. Tickets typically are mailed to owners of violating vehicles, based on a review of photographic evidence.
What is a Red Light Violation?
There are Two Types of Red Light Violations:
Right Turn on red without coming to a complete stop.
You may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you fail to bring your vehicle to a complete stop before turning right when the light is red. Turning right on red, after bringing your vehicle to a complete stop, is only allowed at intersections that do not have signs prohibiting such turns. For exact wording, please check Illinois’ Rules of the Road, or visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.
Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, when waiting to turn for example, are not considered red light violators.
If I am in the intersection when the light is yellow and the light changes to red, will I receive a Notice of Violation?
No. The automated system only becomes active once the red light is showing. It will not capture a vehicle that enters the intersection prior to the light changing to red. If you entered the intersection on yellow, it is legal to clear the intersection if the light turned red while you were still in the intersection. In the violation notice, the first photo shows your car at the white line when the stoplight was red. In the second photo the stoplight was still red when the car proceeded into the intersection.
Will the red light cameras take a picture of the driver of the vehicle?
No. A violation of the Waukegan Ordinance is a civil violation assessed against the owner of the vehicle; it is not a criminal violation. Similar to a parking ticket, there is no need to identify the driver and therefore, no need to capture the image of the driver. This violation will not affect your driving privileges or insurance rates.
Do red light cameras violate motorists' privacy?
No. Driving is a regulated activity on public roads. By obtaining a license, a motorist agrees to abide by certain rules, such as to obey traffic signals. Neither the law nor common sense suggests drivers should not be observed on the road or have their violations documented. Red light camera systems can be designed to photograph only a vehicle's rear license plate, not vehicle occupants, although in some places the law requires a photograph of the driver.
*gathered from www.iihs.org and www.waukeganweb.net
In the comments section, list an intersection in Waukegan (or the city you live in) that has a red light camera.