Automated Red Light Photo Enforcement

In the Village of Wauconda, Red Light Photo Enforcement is located at the following intersections:

Rt. 176 at Main Street and Rt. 176 at Rt. 12/Rt. 59

red light iconSTATS: According to recent studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Red Light Camera Programs can decrease red light violations up to 60%.  Traffic accidents caused by red light violators are among the most serious, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.  Studies have shown that approximately 1,000 people die and 176,000 people are injured annually in the United States because of drivers running red lights.

There are Two Types of Red Light Violations:

(1) Right turn on red without coming to a complete stop and

(2) Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.

A common misconception is that the cameras will be photographing everyone as they drive thru 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 3 photographs will be taken plus 8-10 seconds of digital video.  The images include: the car entering the red light intersection, the car passing thru the intersection and finally, a close-up of the license plate.  All 3 images, plus a link to view the video footage on-line, will be provided to the vehicle’s registered owner who is mailed the violation.  According to Illinois Law, it is illegal to photograph the faces of either drivers or passengers.

Monthly violation reports are available to the public; they are published 20 days after the end of the previous month. Please click here to view the most recent 36 Month Statistical Analysis Report.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I do if I receive a citation?
If you receive a citation in the mail you should follow the instructions on the back.  Detailed information is provided on how to pay or contest the violation.  Should the individual decide to contest the violation, he/she may do so through the Village’s adjudication program.

Is the citation valid if it was not issued by a uniformed police officer?
Yes.  These violations will be reviewed and authorized by sworn officers of the Wauconda Police Department.  Each Review Officer will be specifically trained in the operation and review process of the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program.  These tickets are treated as a civil violation (just like a parking ticket) and will not impact the registered owner’s driving record or insurance rates.

What if I wasn’t driving the car?
Under Illinois State Law, HB 4835, the registered owner of the vehicle is liable for any automated traffic law violations that occur to the vehicle, regardless of who is operating it.

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