New Michigan Avenue red light cameras installed after Northwestern study findings

Cars at Michigan Avenue intersection

By Cade Shultice
Medill Reports

A study published last year by Northwestern University shows that red light cameras are an effective tool in preventing traffic accidents, and the Chicago Department of Transportation is using these findings to strategically install new cameras on Michigan Avenue.

The study analyzed 85 intersections with red light cameras across the city to determine their success rate and concluded that intersections with the cameras have on average 10 percent fewer accidents.

Researchers also suggested optimal intersections for the city to install new cameras in order to reduce accidents. Based on these suggestions, the city has chosen to place cameras at the busy Jackson Drive and Ontario Street intersections of Michigan Avenue.

The cameras are now active, but the city will not begin issuing tickets at these locations until Feb. 5.

Photo at top: Cars pass through the intersection of Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue, the site of a new red light camera installation. (Cade Shultice/MEDILL)