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Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act

(625 ILCS 7/) Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act.

    (625 ILCS 7/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to increase safety in highway construction or maintenance zones.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/10)
    Sec. 10. Establishment of automated control systems. The Department of State Police may establish an automated traffic control system in any construction or maintenance zone established by the Department of Transportation or the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. An automated traffic control system may operate only during those periods when workers are present in the construction or maintenance zone. In any prosecution based upon evidence obtained through an automated traffic control system established under this Act, the State must prove that one or more workers were present in the construction or maintenance zone when the violation occurred.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04; 94-757, eff. 5-12-06; 94-814, eff. 1-1-07.)

    (625 ILCS 7/15)
Sec. 15. Definitions. As used in this Act:
(a) "Automated traffic control system" means a photographic device, radar device, laser device, or other electrical or mechanical device or devices designed to record the speed of a vehicle and obtain a clear photograph or other recorded image of the vehicle, the vehicle operator, and the vehicle's registration plate while the driver is violating Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. The photograph or other recorded image must also display the time, date, and location of the violation. A law enforcement officer is not required to be present or to witness the violation.
(b) "Construction or maintenance zone" means an area in which the Department of Transportation or the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has determined that the preexisting established speed limit through a highway construction or maintenance project is greater than is reasonable or safe with respect to the conditions expected to exist in the construction or maintenance zone and has posted a lower speed limit with a highway construction or maintenance zone special speed limit sign in accordance with Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
    (c) "Owner" means the person or entity to whom the vehicle is registered.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/20)
    Sec. 20. Penalties. The penalties for and consequences of a traffic violation recorded by an automated traffic control system are the same as for any similar violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/25)
    Sec. 25. Limitations on the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.
    (a) The Department of State Police must conduct a public information campaign to inform drivers about the use of automated traffic control systems in highway construction or maintenance zones before establishing any of those systems. The Department of State Police shall adopt rules for implementing this subsection (a).
    (b) Signs indicating that speeds are enforced by automated traffic control systems must be clearly posted in the areas where the systems are in use.
    (c) Operation of automated traffic control systems is limited to areas where road construction or maintenance is occurring.
    (d) Photographs obtained in this manner may only be used as evidence in relation to a violation of Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code for which the photograph is taken. The photographs are available only to the owner of the vehicle, the offender and the offender's attorney, the judiciary, the local State's Attorney, and law enforcement officials.
    (e) If the driver of the vehicle cannot be identified through the photograph, the owner is not liable for the fine, and the citation may not be counted against the driving record of the owner. If the driver can be identified, the driver is liable for the fine, and the violation is counted against his or her driving record.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)
    (625 ILCS 7/30)
    Sec. 30. Requirements for issuance of a citation.
    (a) The vehicle, vehicle operator, vehicle registration plate, speed, date, time, and location must be clearly visible on the photograph or other recorded image of the alleged violation.
    (b) A Uniform Traffic Citation must be mailed or otherwise delivered to the registered owner of the vehicle. If mailed, the citation must be sent via certified mail within 14 business days of the alleged violation, return receipt requested.
    (c) The Uniform Traffic Citation must include:
        (1) the name and address of the vehicle owner;
        (2) the registration number of the vehicle;
        (3) the offense charged;
        (4) the time, date, and location of the violation;
        (5) the first available court date; and
        (6) notice that the basis of the citation is the photograph or recorded image from the automated traffic control system.

    (d) The Uniform Traffic Citation issued to the violator must be accompanied by a written document that lists the violator's rights and obligations and explains how the violator can elect to proceed by either paying the fine or challenging the issuance of the Uniform Traffic Citation.

(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04; 94-757, eff. 5-12-06; 94-814, eff. 1-1-07.)

    (625 ILCS 7/35)
    Sec. 35. Response to issuance of a citation.
    (a) A person issued a citation under this Act may respond to the citation in person or by any method allowed by law.
    (b) If the driver of the vehicle cannot be identified through the photograph or other recorded image, the owner is not liable for the fine.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/40)
    Sec. 40. Admissibility of recorded images. Except as provided in Section 45, any photograph or other recorded image evidencing a violation of Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code is admissible in any proceeding resulting from the issuance of the Uniform Traffic Citation. Photographs or recorded images made by an automatic traffic control system are confidential and shall be made available only to the defendant and to governmental or law enforcement agencies within the jurisdiction for the purposes of adjudicating a driving violation.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/45)
    Sec. 45. Vehicle rental or leasing company's identification of a renter or lessee.
    (a) A Uniform Traffic Citation issued under this Act to a motor vehicle rental or leasing company shall be dismissed with respect to the rental or leasing company if:
        (1) the company responds to the Uniform Traffic Citation by submitting, within 30 days of the mailing of the citation, an affidavit of non-liability stating that, at the time of the alleged speeding or other traffic violation, the vehicle was in the custody and control of a renter or lessee under the terms of a rental agreement or lease; and

        (2) the company provides the driver's license number, name, and address of the renter or lessee.

    (b) A Uniform Traffic Citation dismissed with respect to a motor vehicle rental or leasing company in accordance with subsection (a) may then be issued and delivered by mail or other means to the renter or lessee identified in the affidavit of non-liability.

(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)

    (625 ILCS 7/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04; text omitted.)

    (625 ILCS 7/999)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 93-947, eff. 8-19-04.)




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