Sauk Village moves forward with red light cameras

2013-06-25T22:01:00Z 2013-06-25T22:27:07Z Sauk Village moves forward with red light camerasDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 25, 2013 10:01 pm  • 

SAUK VILLAGE | The village moved a step closer to red light cameras at some of its busiest intersections after the Village Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance adopting an automated traffic law enforcement system.

"A lot of people might not pay attention to how fast they're going," Mayor David Hanks said. "We have a lot of kids walking in these streets."

Hanks said with the passage of the ordinance, Red Speed Illinois, the company that will install and maintain the cameras, can begin to study the village's intersections to determine where the cameras are most needed.

The move is not aimed at bringing in revenue to the cash-strapped village, Hanks said.

"The No. 1 reason (for the cameras) is to make our streets safer," he said. "When you drive and you see that sign out there, you make sure you slow down and stop when that light starts to turn yellow."

Hanks said there are areas in Sauk Village that have too many accidents, such as the intersection of Sauk Trail and Ill. 394 or Torrence Avenue and U.S. 30.

"We want to make sure we look at every area we have and make sure that the residents and people driving through stop and slow down," Hanks said.

The agreement with Red Speed Illinois is still pending approval of attorneys.

Also on the Village Board consent agenda Tuesday, an ordinance was approved changing the name of the Sauk Village Emergency Disaster Agency to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Hanks said the change will make the village eligible for grants for which it was not previously eligible.

The board also approved spending $44,696.36 per year for the next four years to buy six new police vehicles.

A vote on an ordinance raising sewer rates and miscellaneous water charges was tabled until the next meeting.

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