Red Light Camera Installed

January 23, 2011

Life in Winfield

by Karen Skillman

Below is the press release from the village regarding the newly installed red light camera at Winfield and Roosevelt roads. The camera, it seems, is on the east bound direction, a grace period is in effect until February. As someone who lives nearby on Winfield Rd, I can attest to the number of accidents, sometimes we can hear them. I hope this helps reduce accidents as promised.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2011

Village of Winfield Launches Red Light Camera Program

The Village of Winfield has begun implementing a Red Light Photo Enforcement Program at the eastbound intersection of Roosevelt and Winfield Roads, with signs clearly posted alerting drivers to the presence of the cameras.  The primary objective of the program is to provide 24-hour automated intersection enforcement and increase traffic safety by reducing accidents resulting from red light-running violations.

Statistics indicate red light running is the leading cause of urban auto accidents.  Motorists and pedestrians are more likely to be injured severely in accidents involving failure to obey traffic controls than in any other type of accident.  Deputy Chief Stacy Reever is confident moving forward with the program will benefit the community. “We spent a substantial amount of time evaluating information including traffic data and comparing both the technology and services provided by a number of vendors.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we made the best choice on behalf of our residents”.

A 2-week grace period through the end of January introduces the program, during which time violators will receive Warning Notices, as opposed to actual $100 citations which will be issued beginning on February 1, 2011.

A comprehensive program has been established to govern the issuance of the tickets.  The video images of all potential violations are first reviewed by a specially trained Winfield Police Officer before any notices are sent to the vehicle’s registered owner.  Like a parking ticket, these violations are treated as a civil offense and will not impact driving records or insurance rates, unless the owner fails to pay the fine or to contest liability in a timely manner, which may result in a suspension of the driving privileges of the registered owner of the vehicle.  When a citation is issued and received by the violator through the mail, they will be referred to a website where they can review the still and video images of their violation.  The vehicle’s registered owner has the right to contest a citation through the Village’s administrative hearing system for red light enforcement violations.  This hearing system is a local method to judge municipal violations as opposed to going through the County court process.

Motorists should be aware they will not receive a violation if:

  • They enter the intersection on a green or yellow light which turns red prior to them completing their left turn;
  • They come to a complete stop and then proceed forward to gain a better sight distance before turning right;
  • They come to a complete stop after the stop bar (unless they force a pedestrian or biker from the crosswalk).

According to Deputy Chief Reever, there are a number of benefits associated with these cameras.  Specifically, the installation of the equipment came at absolutely no cost to the Village and a camera monitoring intersection frees up officers to focus on other areas within the community.  “Drivers need to understand that it’s dangerous to run a red light. You put yourself and others at risk in an attempt to shave a few seconds off the time it takes to get to another red light a few blocks down the road”.

Residents interested in learning more abut Winfield’s photo enforcement program are invited to visit the Town’s website at www.villageofwinfield.com for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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