Chicago Red Light Camera Report

TITLE: Chicago Red Light Camera Enforcement: Best Practices & Program Road Map
FOR: Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
RELEASED: March 17, 2017
BY: Northwestern University Transportation Center


The City of Chicago has one of the longest-running and largest red light camera (RLC) enforcement systems in the country. While numerous studies have shown that camera enforcement is an effective deterrent to reckless driving and its use improves overall roadway safety, support for its application in various cities has not been uniform. Specifically, its application in Chicago has continued to generate public debate. This study performed an assessment of Chicago’s RLC program in terms of its impact on traffic safety, leading to a set of best practices in RLC enforcement, and recommendations for further improvement to the Chicago program. The aim was to provide guidance for continued RLC operation at individual camera locations, as well as for selection of locations for future implementation. By investigating available historical data and conducting statistical analyses, performance metrics and a set of guidelines were proposed to ensure the program is being implemented to the best benefit of the general public and of the City. The outcome of this study is Chicago Red Light Camera Enforcement: Best Practices and Program Road Map.



READ THE REPORT:

Red Light Camera Report

AUTHORS:

HANI S. MAHMASSANI
JOSEPH L. SCHOFER
BRETON L. JOHNSON
OMER VERBAS
AMR ELFAR
ARCHAK MITTAL
MARIJA OSTOJIC

MEDIA COVERAGE:

Chicago Sun-Times
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/chicago-to-triple-the-grace-period-for-running-red-lights/

Chicago Sun-Times
http://www.chicago.suntimes.com/news/red-light-changes-nowhere-near-enough-alderman-says/

Chicago Sun-Times
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/top-mayoral-aide-calls-traffic-crashes-a-public-health-crisis/

Daily Herald
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170320/news/170329874/

CBA Chicago
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/03/21/chicago-triples-grace-period-for-red-light-cameras/

Fox 32
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/242899519-story

Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-study-0321-20170321-story.html

DNAinfo Chicago
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170320/downtown/red-light-rules-change-as-city-relaxes-time-allowed-run-light

DNAinfo Chicago
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170320/jefferson-park/heres-where-red-light-cameras-are-being-installed-removed

NBC Chicago
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-red-light-cameras-come-down-go-up-416663183.html

ABC7 Chicago
http://abc7chicago.com/traffic/study-red-light-cameras-make-chicago-streets-safer;-some-may-be-relocated/1809396/

WLS-AM 890
http://www.wlsam.com/2017/03/21/chicago-triples-grace-period-for-red-light-cameras/

WGN 9 Chicago
http://wgntv.com/2017/03/21/new-red-light-camera-rule-could-give-chicago-drivers-a-break/

Chicagoist
http://chicagoist.com/2017/03/20/chicago_drivers_just_got_a_bit_more.php

WGN 9 Chicago
http://wgntv.com/2017/03/21/city-to-changes-some-red-light-camera-placement-policy/

The Daily Northwestern
https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/03/29/campus/chicago-changes-red-light-camera-program-following-northwestern-study/

Concord Register
http://www.concordregister.com/chicagos-red-light-camera-program-has-significant-safety-benefits/

Fox 32
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/242899519-story