Aurora is a Red Light Enforcement Community
The City of Aurora is dedicated to improving safety and saving lives by holding responsible those motorists who drive through red lights.
Crashes caused by motorists who run red lights are particularly dangerous because most of them are known as “side impact” or “T-bone” crashes. These typically result in the most serious injuries because a vehicle’s occupants are less protected than if they were hit from either the back or head-on as they are sitting closer to the body of the vehicle.
Aurora Police respond to approximately 5000 traffic crashes each year which kill and injure exponentially more people than those involved in violent crime. While the city has experienced double digit decreases in traffic crashes, the red light cameras have proven to reduce them even further.
Red light cameras are posted in the following locations:
- Commons Drive and East New York Street
- Eola Road and East New York Street
- Farnsworth Avenue and East New York Street
- Farnsworth Avenue and Molitor Road
- Ogden Avenue (Route 34) and Eola Road
In addition, a camera enforcement system will be operational in the coming weeks at Ogden Avenue and Eola Road.
All of the cameras are stationed in public areas and are clearly marked as mandated by Illinois State Law to ensure motorists know they are in use. All of the intersections where they are utilized have historically ranked among the top 30 crash locations in Aurora.
The cameras catch motorists entering intersections after the light turns red. They record several still photographs and a 12 second video clip of the red light violation. After being reviewed by three different trained technicians at Red Flex, the company supplying the technology, the video is sent to the Aurora Police Department where a sworn officer reviews it to determine if he or she would have written the violation had they saw it in person. If approved by the officer, a notice outlining the $100.00 fine is sent to the vehicle’s owner within 20 days. The vehicle owner then has 30 days to either pay the fine or contest it through an administrative hearing judge. Those receiving fines can log onto www.photonotice.com in order to view the violation involving their vehicle.
Should a vehicle owner choose to pay the fine, they may do so by mailing a check to the remittance address on the notice, via credit card (with a convenience fee of $3.95 mailed in with the notice), or they may pay it in person at the local Red-Flex Processing Center, 1700 North Farnsworth Avenue, Unit 13, Aurora; between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Should a motorist choose an administrative hearing, they should follow the directions on the notice. Questions can be directed to Red Flex’s local office at (630) 499-8601 or toll free at (877) 499-8614.
Aurora Police reinforce that vehicles entering intersections on a yellow light, or those caught in an intersection when a yellow light turns red are not considered in violation. Currently, the red light enforcement system is only used to issue tickets to motorists who commit a blatant disregard for safety when turning right on red by the officer reviewing the video.
In the future, up to 20 approaches citywide may contain photo enforcement cameras. The Aurora Police Department is committed to keeping our residents and visitors safe as they drive the over 2,100 lane miles of city roads.