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(625 ILCS 5/11-208.8)
Automated speed enforcement systems in safety zones.
(a) As used in this Section:
"Automated speed enforcement
system" means a photographic device, radar device, laser device, or other electrical or mechanical device or devices installed or utilized in a safety zone and designed to record the speed of a vehicle and obtain a clear photograph or other recorded image of the vehicle and the vehicle's registration plate or digital registration plate while the driver is violating Article VI of Chapter 11 of this Code or a similar provision of a local ordinance.
An automated speed enforcement system is a system, located in a safety zone which is under the jurisdiction of a municipality, that produces a recorded image of a motor vehicle's violation of a provision of this Code or a local ordinance and is designed to obtain a clear recorded image of the vehicle and the vehicle's license plate. The recorded image must also display the time, date, and location of the violation.
"Owner" means the person or entity to whom the vehicle is registered.
"Recorded image" means images
recorded by an automated speed 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.
"Safety zone" means an area that is within one-eighth of a mile from the nearest property line of any public or private elementary or secondary school, or from the nearest property line of any facility, area, or land owned by a school district that is used for educational purposes approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, not including school district headquarters or administrative buildings. A safety zone also includes an area that is within one-eighth of a mile from the nearest property line of any facility, area, or land owned by a park district used for recreational purposes. However, if any portion of a roadway is within either one-eighth mile radius, the safety zone also shall include the roadway extended to the furthest portion of the next furthest intersection. The term "safety zone" does not include any portion of the roadway known as Lake Shore Drive or any controlled access highway with 8 or more lanes of traffic.
(a-5) The automated speed enforcement system shall be operational and violations shall be recorded only at the following times:
(i) if the safety zone is based upon the property
line of any facility, area, or land owned by a school district, only on school days and no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 8:30 p.m. if the school day is during the period of Monday through Thursday, or 9 p.m. if the school day is a Friday; and
(ii) if the safety zone is based upon the property
line of any facility, area, or land owned by a park district, no earlier than one hour prior to the time that the facility, area, or land is open to the public or other patrons, and no later than one hour after the facility, area, or land is closed to the public or other patrons.
(b) A municipality that
produces a recorded image of a motor vehicle's
violation of a provision of this Code or a local ordinance must make the recorded images of a violation accessible to the alleged violator by providing the alleged violator with a website address, accessible through the Internet.
(c) Notwithstanding any penalties for any other violations of this Code, the owner of a motor vehicle used in a traffic violation recorded by an automated speed enforcement system shall be subject to the following penalties:
(1) if the recorded speed is no less than 6 miles per
hour and no more than 10 miles per hour over the legal speed limit, a civil penalty not exceeding $50, plus an additional penalty of not more than $50 for failure to pay the original penalty in a timely manner; or
(2) if the recorded speed is more than 10 miles per
hour over the legal speed limit, a civil penalty not exceeding $100, plus an additional penalty of not more than $100 for failure to pay the original penalty in a timely manner.
A penalty may not be imposed under this Section if the driver of the motor vehicle received a Uniform Traffic Citation from a police officer for a speeding violation occurring within one-eighth of a mile and 15 minutes of the violation that was recorded by the system. A violation for which a civil penalty is imposed
under this Section is not a violation of a traffic regulation governing
the movement of vehicles and may not be recorded on the driving record
of the owner of the vehicle. A law enforcement officer is not required to be present or to witness the violation. No penalty may be imposed under this Section if the recorded speed of a vehicle is 5 miles per hour or less over the legal speed limit. The municipality may send, in the same manner that notices are sent under this Section, a speed violation warning notice where the violation involves a speed of 5 miles per hour or less above the legal speed limit.
(d) The net proceeds that a municipality receives from civil penalties imposed under an automated speed enforcement system, after deducting all non-personnel and personnel costs associated with the operation and maintenance of such system, shall be expended or obligated by the municipality for the following purposes:
(i) public safety initiatives to ensure safe
passage around schools, and to provide police protection and surveillance around schools and parks, including but not limited to: (1) personnel costs; and (2) non-personnel costs such as construction and maintenance of public safety infrastructure and equipment;
(ii) initiatives to improve pedestrian and traffic
(iii) construction and maintenance of
infrastructure within the municipality, including but not limited to roads and bridges; and
(iv) after school programs.
(e) For each violation of a provision of this Code or a local ordinance
recorded by an automated speed enforcement system, the 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, within 30 days after the Secretary of State notifies the municipality of the identity of the owner of the vehicle, but in no event later than 90 days after the violation.
(f) The notice required under subsection (e) of this Section 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 date, time, and location where the violation
(5) a copy of the recorded image or images;
(6) the amount of the civil penalty imposed and the
date by which the civil penalty should be paid;
(7) a statement that recorded images are evidence of
a violation of a speed restriction;
(8) a warning that failure to pay the civil penalty
or to contest liability in a timely manner is an admission of liability;
(9) 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; and
(10) a website address, accessible through the
Internet, where the person may view the recorded images of the violation.
(h) Based on inspection of recorded images produced by an
automated speed 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.
(i) Recorded images made by an automated speed
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.
(j) The court or hearing officer may consider in 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 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 for a speeding violation occurring within one-eighth of a mile and 15 minutes of the violation that was recorded by the system; and
(3) any other evidence or issues provided by
(k) 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.
(l) A roadway equipped with an automated speed enforcement system shall be posted with a sign conforming to the national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices that is visible to approaching traffic stating that vehicle speeds are being photo-enforced and indicating the speed limit. The municipality shall install such additional signage as it determines is necessary to give reasonable notice to drivers as to where automated speed enforcement systems are installed.
(m) A roadway where a new automated speed enforcement system is installed shall be posted with signs providing 30 days notice of the use of a new automated speed enforcement system prior to the issuance of any citations through the automated speed enforcement system.
(n) The compensation paid for an automated speed enforcement system
must be based on the value of the equipment or the services provided and may
not be based on the number of traffic citations issued or the revenue generated
by the system.
(p) No person who is the lessor of a motor vehicle pursuant to a written lease agreement shall be liable for an automated speed or traffic law enforcement system violation involving such motor vehicle during the period of the lease; provided that upon the request of the appropriate authority received within 120 days after the violation occurred, the lessor provides within 60 days after such receipt the name and address of the lessee. The drivers license number of a lessee may be subsequently individually requested by the appropriate authority if needed for enforcement of this Section.
Upon the provision of information by the lessor pursuant to this subsection, the municipality may issue the violation to the lessee of the vehicle in the same manner as it would issue a violation to a registered owner of a vehicle pursuant to this Section, and the lessee may be held liable for the violation.
(q) A municipality using an automated speed enforcement system must provide notice to drivers by publishing the locations of all safety zones where system equipment is installed on the website of the municipality.
(r) A municipality operating an automated speed enforcement system shall conduct a statistical analysis to assess the safety impact of the system. The statistical analysis shall be based upon the best available crash, traffic, and other data, and shall cover a period of time before and after installation of the system sufficient to provide a statistically valid comparison of safety impact. The statistical analysis shall be consistent with professional judgment and acceptable industry practice. The statistical analysis also shall be consistent with the data required for valid comparisons of before and after conditions and shall be conducted within a reasonable period following the installation of the automated traffic law enforcement system. The statistical analysis required by this subsection shall be made available to the public and shall be published on the website of the municipality.
(s) This Section applies only to municipalities with a population of 1,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 101-395, eff. 8-16-19; 101-652, eff. 7-1-21; 102-905, eff. 1-1-23