In an effort to improve traffic and pedestrian safety in the community, the Village of Carol Stream has implemented an automated traffic enforcement system, also known as Red Light Cameras. These cameras are located at the intersections of eastbound and westbound North Avenue at Gary Avenue and at the intersection of eastbound North Avenue at Kuhn Road.
According to recent studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Red Light Camera Programs can decrease red light violations by up to 60%. Traffic accidents caused by red light runners are among the most serious, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. In the United States on an annual basis, studies have shown that approximately 1,000 deaths and 176,000 injuries are caused by drivers running red lights.
There are two types of red light violations:
- Right turn on red without coming to a complete stop, and
- Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red
A common misconception is that the cameras will be photographing everyone as they drive through the community. In fact, sensors placed in the pavement activate the camera only when a vehicle enters the intersection during the red light cycle. A total of three photographs will be taken plus eight to ten seconds of digital video. The images include the car entering the red light intersection, the car passing through the intersection and finally a close-up of the license plate. All three images, plus a link to view the video footage on-line, will be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner. According to Illinois law, it is illegal to photograph the faces of either drivers or passengers.
For more information regarding the Red Light Enforcement Program, contact the Carol Stream Police Department at (630) 668-2167.
Village of Carol Stream Crash Data 2011-2018
North Avenue at Gary Avenue
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Village of Carol Stream Crash Data 2012-2018
North Avenue at Kuhn Road
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