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(625 ILCS 5/11-1201.1)
Automated railroad crossing enforcement system.
(a) For the purposes of this Section, an automated railroad grade crossing
enforcement system is a system in a municipality or county operated by a governmental agency that produces a recorded image of a motor vehicle's violation of a provision of this Code or local ordinance and is designed to obtain a clear recorded image of the vehicle and vehicle's license plate. The recorded image must also display the time, date, and location of the violation.
As used in this Section, "recorded images" means images recorded by an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system on:
(1) 2 or more photographs;
(2) 2 or more microphotographs;
(3) 2 or more electronic images; or
(4) a video recording showing the motor vehicle and,
on at least one image or portion of the recording, clearly identifying the registration plate or digital registration plate number of the motor vehicle.
(b) The Illinois
Commerce Commission may, in cooperation with a
local law enforcement agency, establish in any county or municipality an automated
railroad grade crossing enforcement system at any railroad grade crossing equipped with a crossing gate designated by local authorities. Local authorities desiring the establishment of an automated railroad crossing enforcement system must initiate the process by enacting a local ordinance requesting the creation of such a system. After the ordinance has been enacted, and before any additional steps toward the establishment of the system are undertaken, the local authorities and the Commission must agree to a plan for obtaining, from any combination of federal, State, and local funding sources, the moneys required for the purchase and installation of any necessary equipment.
(c) For each violation of Section 11-1201 of this Code or a local ordinance recorded by an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system, the county or municipality having jurisdiction shall issue a written notice of the violation to the registered owner of the vehicle as the alleged violator. The notice shall be delivered to the registered owner of the vehicle, by mail, no later than 90 days after the violation.
The notice shall include:
(1) the name and address of the registered owner of
(2) the registration number of the motor vehicle
involved in the violation;
(3) the violation charged;
(4) the location where the violation occurred;
(5) the date and time of the violation;
(6) a copy of the recorded images;
(7) the amount of the civil penalty imposed and the
date by which the civil penalty should be paid;
(8) a statement that recorded images are evidence of
a violation of a railroad grade crossing;
(9) a warning that failure to pay the civil penalty
or to contest liability in a timely manner is an admission of liability; and
(10) a statement that the person may elect to proceed
(A) paying the fine; or
(B) challenging the charge in court, by mail, or
by administrative hearing.
(e) Based on inspection of recorded images produced by an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system, a notice alleging that the violation occurred shall be evidence of the facts contained in the notice and admissible in any proceeding alleging a violation under this Section.
(e-1) Recorded images made by an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system are confidential and shall be made available only to the alleged violator and governmental and law enforcement agencies for purposes of adjudicating a violation of this Section, for statistical purposes, or for other governmental purposes. Any recorded image evidencing a violation of this Section, however, may be admissible in any proceeding resulting from the issuance of the citation.
(e-2) The court or hearing officer may consider the following in the defense of a violation:
(1) that the motor vehicle or registration plates or
digital registration plates of the motor vehicle were stolen before the violation occurred and not under the control of or in the possession of the owner or lessee at the time of the violation;
(1.5) that the motor vehicle was hijacked before
the violation occurred and not under the control of or in the possession of the owner or lessee at the time of the violation;
(2) that the driver of the motor vehicle received a
Uniform Traffic Citation from a police officer at the time of the violation for the same offense;
(3) any other evidence or issues provided by
municipal or county ordinance.
(e-3) To demonstrate that the motor vehicle was hijacked or the motor vehicle or registration plates or digital registration plates were stolen before the violation occurred and were not under the control or possession of the owner or lessee at the time of the violation, the owner or lessee must submit proof that a report concerning the motor vehicle or registration plates was filed with a law enforcement agency in a timely manner.
(f) Rail crossings equipped with an automatic railroad grade crossing
enforcement system shall be posted with a sign visible to approaching traffic
stating that the railroad grade crossing is being monitored, that citations
will be issued, and the amount of the fine for violation.
(g) The compensation paid for an automated railroad grade crossing enforcement system must be based on the value of the equipment or the services provided and may not be based on the number of citations issued or the revenue generated by the system.
(i) If any part or parts of this Section are held by a court of competent
jurisdiction to be unconstitutional, the unconstitutionality shall not affect
the validity of the remaining parts of this Section. The General Assembly
hereby declares that it would have passed the remaining parts of this Section
if it had known that the other part or parts of this Section would be declared
(j) Penalty. A civil fine of
$250 shall be imposed for a first violation of this Section, and a civil fine of $500 shall be
imposed for a second or subsequent violation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-395, eff. 8-16-19; 101-652, eff. 7-1-21; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22; 102-905, eff. 1-1-23