Lawsuit Seeks to Have Fines Returned to Drivers Ticketed By Red Light Camera

traffic camera, Arlington Heights traffic violations attorneyMost drivers realize that before turning right on a red light in Illinois, they must first come to a complete stop. Then, if the traffic patterns allow it, they may continue with their turn. But what happens when drivers are not sure whether the light at a particular intersection applies to the right-turn lane? Are drivers still responsible for coming to a complete stop before turning? That is the critical question in a lawsuit recently filed in Cook County which could potentially affect the disposition of thousands of tickets from a single Crestwood intersection.

Traffic Cameras in Crestwood

About a year ago, the village of Crestwood got permission from the Illinois Department of Transportation to install seven traffic cameras, all of them to be installed along Cicero Avenue. One set of cameras has been operating at the intersection of Cicero and Cal Sag Road and footage from the cameras has been used to issue more than 56,700 citations. An ABC-7 investigation estimated that as many as 95 percent of the citations were for right-turn-on-red violations.

Drivers, however, seem to be surprised when they receive their tickets for failing to stop when turning right. They claim that there are no lights, stop signs, or other signals that are clearly meant to control the right-turn lanes at that particular intersection. Crestwood officials acknowledge that a sign reminding turning drivers to stop on red has been knocked down three times in the last year, but claim that the intersection is clearly controlled by traffic lights.

Suit Seeks Class-Action Status

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of three drivers who were cited at the controversial intersection. The suit asks the Cook County Circuit Court to declare a class of plaintiffs, which could eventually include any driver cited for allegedly illegal turns at Cicero and Cal Sag Road. With each citation carrying a fine of $100, the village has reportedly collected more than $3.1 million in ticket revenue since the cameras were installed. The suit claims that Crestwood should be forced to return the fines collected as a result of the confusing traffic signals.

Crestwood currently keeps 60 percent of all ticket proceeds, with the remainder going to the company that operates the traffic cameras. Village officials have indicated that they intend to defend themselves against the lawsuit.

Questionable Tickets?

If you or a family member has been issued a citation as the result of traffic camera footage, you may be unsure of what to do next, especially if you do not believe you broke any laws. Contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorney. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation at Cosley Law Office today.



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