Red-light cameras are increasing safety

Letter to the Editor
Published: 7/26/2010 12:00 AM

We are writing to commend Gov. Quinn for signing legislation that strengthens the enforcement of traffic laws through the use of red-light cameras. This law will be instrumental in making our intersections safer for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in crashes in 2007 that involved red-light running. We need stronger enforcement of traffic safety laws to prevent deadly crashes at our intersections, and red-light cameras make that possible.

Across the region, red light cameras have a proven track record of decreasing crashes. Recent data shows that red-light cameras at 10 Chicago-area intersections resulted in a 35 percent decrease in accidents, including a 54 percent drop in right-angle crashes, the most dangerous types of collision.

Intersections are dangerous, but we have the ability to make them safer. Thanks to Gov. Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, state Sen. John Millner, state Sen. Martin Sandoval and state Sen. Tony Munoz, red-light cameras remain a strong and viable public safety tool to help us deter crashes and avoid unnecessary deaths in our communities.

Jimmy Lee

Deputy police chief


Patrick Finlon

Police chief

Lake Zurich

and four others