Another Red Light Camera for Palos Hills

A red light camera will be installed at 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue.

Palos Hills drivers will have to be particularly cautious at 103rd and Harlem Avenue, after officials last week voted to install a red light camera at the intersection. 

Drivers often sped through the intersection when Cub Foods was in business at 10280 S. Harlem Ave., and though the store has moved on, Pete's Fresh Market is set to move in. Traffic to the new store and existing Wal-Mart—in addition to the Bridgeview Courthouse—could lead to lead foots and ignored traffic signals, officials argued. 

The red light will be the third in city limits: one at 111th and Roberts Road, another at 111th and Southwest Highway. Officials say the cameras have curbed speeding by 50 percent. 

Drivers who run a red light at the intersections are fined $100. 

One alderman isn't buying others' assertions that the cameras are about driver safety. 

Alderman Mary Ann Schultz told the Tribune she thinks the extra red light camera is a "money ploy." 

Shari May 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Palos Hills needs all the revenue sources it can find. Residents currently owe about $14,059,621 in unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities. You know who is going to pay that? Everyone paying property taxes. Every little bit helps so if you don't like the red light cameras, don't do anything to end up with a ticket.
J3 May 20, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Not completely true Shari. Palos Hills is sitting in a much MUCH better position then many surrounding towns.
b May 20, 2014 at 06:11 PM
It's a revenue grab trap. Pure and simple. Reread first sentence. Safety? Let me get in my turnip truck! Gotta grab my bib overalls, straw hat and corn cob pipe too! Tired of the "if you do nothing wrong...you have nothing to fear" mantra false premise. As for other towns "worse off"...yeah...good comfort there. "Here honey...they gave us these 'better' seats on the Titanic, versus what other people got." Let me repeat...it's a revenue grab trap! Reread last sentence. Caio.
Shari May 20, 2014 at 11:28 PM
What are your sources J3? The Cook County Assessor's Office provided the $14 million information. If you're going to say Palos Hills is in a better position, please provide your sources.
RALPH MALPH June 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM
I am so sick and tired of hearing the word safety when it comes to these cameras when all of these different town officials are just seeing dollar signs , anyone who believes it's for safety is a fool . I would respect these officials more if they would just come out and say " WE WANT THE MONEY ".


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