Red Light Enforcement

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Intersections represent a disproportionate share of public safety problems on roadways. In fact, motorists are more likely to be injured in urban crashes involving red light running than in any other type of motor vehicle accident. Unlike collisions in which drivers have no control of the outcome, those caused by red light running can be prevented.

The Village of Hillside in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is committed to increasing roadway safety, especially at intersections. We are joining a growing number of safety-conscious communities in Illinois, which have installed automated red light enforcement systems. A red light enforcement system has been installed at Southbound Wolf and Cermak, Southbound Mannheim at Roosevelt, Eastbound Roosevelt at Mannheim, Northbound Wolf at Roosevelt, and Westbound Roosevelt at Harrison. Due to significant traffic congestion at these locations, we are confident that this enforcement system will make a life-saving difference.

In order to educate and inform the community about this important safety initiative, we are launching a public awareness campaign,
Be Safe: Stop on Red. Remember, lives depend on it!

On this web site, you will find information, which reinforces the extent of the problem, the automated red light enforcement solution and frequently asked questions and answers.

Did You Know?

Red Light Running: A Serious and Growing Traffic Safety Problem

  • Over 60% of Americans see someone running a red light at least a few times a week
  • Over 170,000 crashes, 144,000Â injuries and almost 900 fatalities have been attributed to red light running One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash
  • Nationally, the financial cost of crashes caused by red light running is significant, exceeding $14 billion per year Traffic crashes are the single, most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America
  • Traffic crashes are the single, most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America

Red Light Cameras: A Proven Solution

  • 75% of drivers favor the use of red light camera
  • Red light cameras are currently authorized in approximately 50% of the United States
  • In the Village of Hillside, an automated red light enforcement system will be installed at Southbound Wolf and Cermak.

Over time, numerous studies suggest that red light cameras can save lives and increase traffic safety by:

  • Changing behavior leading to safer driving habits
  • Significantly reducing traffic crashes and dangerous driving
  • Increasing police officer safety and public safety

Statistical Data

The Hillside Police Department compiles statistical information on all intersections equipped with red light enforcement equipment.

Red Light Data Findings

Red Light Camera Statistics

3 Year Follow-up Reports

Wolf at Cermak

Roosevelt at Wolf

Roosevelt at Harrison

Mannheim at Roosevelt

Red Light Enforcement Locations

Cermak & Wolf

Roosevelt & Mannheim

Roosevelt & Wolf

Roosevelt & Harrison

Red Light Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions

Detecting Violations

What is a Red Light Violation?

There are two (2) types of Red Light Violations:

1. Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.

2. Right Turn on Red – You may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you fail to bring your vehicle to a complete stop – before the white line – before turning right on red (where permissible); you may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you turn right on red where it is expressly prohibited and/or you may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you turn right on red on days and/or during hours prohibited by law (expressly or implicitly).

Can I see the images of my vehicle on line?

Yes. Your vehicle was captured by photo-enforcement cameras. You may view the images of your vehicle by going to Once there, enter your ticket number and follow the directions as they appear. If you do not have your ticket number, you may still view the vehicle images by entering the license plate number, driver’s license number of the registered owner or the VIN of the registered vehicle.

What if I am already in the intersection, when the light turns red?

If you entered the intersection when the light was green or yellow, you will not receive a “Notice of Violation or Liability.” It is legal to clear the intersection if the light turns red, while you are still in the intersection.

What if I was not driving at the time of the recorded violation? Do I still have to pay the ticket?

Under Illinois State Law, the registered owner (or the lessee) of a vehicle is liable for any automated traffic law violations that occur. It does not matter who is driving the car (unless the vehicle had been reported stolen prior to the time of violation – see “Defenses” listed below).

What if the car was a rental?

Under the law, the person(s) designated as the driver of the vehicle on the rental or lease agreement is responsible for any assigned violations during the rental/lease period.

What are the defenses to a Red Light Violation?

The defenses to a Red Light Violation are listed below.


  1. The operator of the vehicle was issued a Uniform Citation by a police officer for the same incident as captured by the Red Light Enforcement Camera.
  2. The violation occurred at a time during which the vehicle or its license plate was reported to a law enforcement agency as having been stolen and the vehicle or license plate had not been recovered by the owner at the time of the alleged violation.
  3. The vehicle was leased to another, and within sixty (60) calendar days after the citation was mailed to the lessor, lessor submitted to the municipality, the correct name and address of the lessee of the vehicle identified in the violation notice at the time of the alleged violation, together with a copy of the lease agreement, the lessee’s driver’s license number and any additional information that may be required.
  4. The vehicle was an authorized emergency vehicle or was yielding the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.
  5. The vehicle was lawfully participating in a funeral procession.
  6. The facts alleged in the violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that a violation occurred.
  7. The respondent was not the registered vehicle owner or lessee of the cited vehicle at the time of the violation.

Note: If you are the lessor of the vehicle, you have sixty (60) calendar days from the violation notice date to supply the information required.

Do red light cameras violate a motorist’s privacy?

No. Driving is a regulated activity on public roads. By obtaining a license, a motorist agrees to abide by certain rules, such as obeying traffic signals. Traffic violations in progress only capture an image of the vehicle’s license plate.

Isn't the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?

No. The goal of red light camera enforcement systems is to improve public safety, by reducing crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths. Importantly, drivers are warned that photo enforcement is in use. Revenue is generated from fines paid by drivers, who continue to run red lights, which is a serious traffic safety problem.

Collecting Fines

How much is the fine?

The fine is $100.00 for each violation.

How much time do I have to pay?

You must either pay the fine or contest the violation by the date listed on the front of the Red Light Violation Notice.

How can I pay the fine?

You can pay on line at, in person at the Municipal Building in the Village of Hillside where the violation occurred, or by mailing the citation and your check or money order to the address listed on the Violation Notice.

If I pay the fine, will it go against my driving record?

No. A violation under Illinois law is not a criminal violation, therefore, it will not affect your driving record or insurance rates (it is similar to a parking ticket).

What happens if I forgot to pay the fine by the “Pay By” date or forgot to contest by the “Contest By” date?

Failure to respond in a timely manner is an admission of liability. Therefore you will be required to pay the initial fine of $100.00 and a penalty of $100.00 for a total of $200.00. Failure to respond may also result in a suspension of the driving privileges of the registered owner or lessee of the vehicle. The Village of Hillside must notify the Secretary of State about a registered owner having 5 (five) or more unpaid automated traffic law violations.

Can I make installment payments?

Payment of the fine (and any penalty) must be paid in full.

Can I contest the fine after I have already made payment?

No, you can not. Once you have paid the fine, it is considered an admission of liability.

What if I want to contest the Violation Notice? How much time do I have?

You may contest the Violation Notice by mail or in-person. To contest by mail, the registered owner of the vehicle (or the lessee of record) must clearly state one of the defenses previously listed and send proof of the defense. An administrative hearing officer will determine whether you have met the burden of proof or whether you must pay the fine.

To contest in-person, you must check the box next to the “In-Person Hearing” option on the return envelope and on the “Notice of Violation/Liability Stub”, return the citation stub in the self addressed envelope and appear for an administrative hearing at the date and time indicated on the front of the Notice (the location of the hearing can be found on the back of the Notice).

You must contest by the “Contest By” date found on the front of your Violation Notice.


We strongly encourage the driving community to Be Safe: Stop on Red. Remember, lives depend on it!