Schaumburg officials next Tuesday will likely pull the plug for good on their use of red-light cameras.
That's the day the village's current contract for red-light cameras expires, as well as the night trustees will vote on a public safety committee recommendation not to renew that contract.
The recommendation made Thursday was based on data showing that in Schaumburg only a very small percentage of vehicle collisions are caused by traffic-signal violations.
Red-light cameras were activated at the intersection of Meacham and Woodfield roads last November as a test run of their effectiveness for more accident-prone intersections.
The corner of Meacham and Woodfield was chosen because the village owns both roads and didn't need to seek county or state permission. But it isn't even close to the village's top 10 intersections for accidents, Police Chief Brian Howerton said Thursday.
Nevertheless, the red-light cameras became famous for generating 10,000 tickets and $1 million in fines in just 21/2 months - mostly for drivers not stopping completely for right turns.
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