May 27th, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Illinois Camera tickets are illegal and should not be paid, warns an Illinois prosecutor from East St. Louis. He claims that the ticket system used by the private company that sends out the ‘tickets’ fails to comply with the pleading requirements of the Illinois Supreme Court, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.
According to a report at BND.com:
The cameras snap a photo of the vehicle’s license plate as it speeds through work zones, and then a ticket is sent by mail to the person to whom the car is registered.
Kelly said his problem is not with the cameras themselves, or the police department, but with the collection process being used by the company that collects the fines. “There is no basis for them to pay the ticket because they are not in compliance with Illinois Supreme Court rules,” Kelly said.
It’s something East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks disagrees with.
“The city contends that the citations are valid and that the process is proper,” he said.
“The city’s attorney and police chief have been meeting with county officials, including Mr. Kelly, and the county has agreed that the city has the authority to issue the citations. What is at issue is the administrative process of handling the violations once they are issued.”
Kelly said the citations are invalid because they do not conform to uniform citations as is required by the Illinois Supreme Court.
“The citations are not in the correct format, size, or content,” Kelly said. And, the tickets that are being issued say the offense is not a moving violation.
“How can speeding be a non-moving violation?” Kelly said.
Kelley said Illinois statutes allow drivers to have due process of law and have the right to go to court when issued a ticket and that is not being done here.
The cameras were installed in March, and motorists in recent weeks began receiving tickets. Dozens of motorists have angrily complained about the tickets and the fines, some of which are more than $200.
Kelly said his office has been bombarded with calls and emails about the tickets.
About two weeks ago, Kelly asked the city to stop issuing tickets until every aspect of the process is in compliance with the law. So for now, laser camera speeding tickets are not being issued.
“They (motorists) have every right to due process. The ticket company does not have the authority to do what it is doing,” he said.
Kelly said he is working with city to bring every aspect of the process into compliance.
He also said police are doing an excellent job and they should be concerned about speeders on their roads.
Mike Wagner, East St. Louis city attorney, said: “We have been in discussions with the county and the State’s Attorneys office to resolve the issues the State’s Attorney has raised. While the city does not necessarily agree with the county’s position, we are trying to work through this so everything is agreeable to all parties.”
Police Chief Michael Floore said the laser cameras are not a money grab for the city, but a stepped-up effort by the department to increase citizen safety and the safety of police officers who are outside of their vehicles writing tickets.
Signs are posted in work zones along I-64 warning of the presence of laser cameras, however officers have also used hand-held cameras elsewhere in the city.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.
Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/05/23/3221908/kelly-east-st-louis-laser-speed.html?sp=/99/166/179/180/#storylink=cpy
May 23rd, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Arlington Heights DUI Arrest likely due to Rewards Program for cops. There will be at least one roadblock in Arlington Heights between May 9 and Memorial Day 2014 says the police. Keep in mind, that in order to collect federal funds, the police must arrest at least 1 person for DUI for every officer that works this detail. You have a right to refuse all field sobriety tests and preliminary (or portable) breath testing devices. And if arrested, you have the right to demand that they obtain a search warrant before submitting to any further blood breath or urine testing. Just like our forefathers had to do 240 years ago when their government became oppressive, you too must stand up for your basic rights.
The Arlington Heights Police Department will have specialized traffic enforcement activities during May leading up to Memorial Day as part of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”
Enforcement activities will include numerous seat belt enforcement zones, impaired driving saturation patrols, and two Roadside Safety Checkpoints. The checkpoints will take place on Friday, May 9, and May 16 on Arlington Heights Road south of Algonquin Road. The enforcement campaign will run from May 9 through May 26.
May 23rd, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Kane County DUI Arrests are likely this weekend since the police will get paid a bonus if they make them at a roadblock tonight. There will be a roadblock on I-90 and Rte 31 friday from 11pm to 4am. Keep in mind, that in order to collect federal funds, the police must arrest at least 1 person for DUI for every officer that works this detail. You have a right to refuse all field sobriety tests and preliminary (or portable) breath testing devices. And if arrested, you have the right to demand that they obtain a search warrant before submitting to any further blood breath or urine testing. Just like our forefathers had to do 240 years ago when their government became oppressive, you too must stand up for your basic rights.
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Kane County during the hours of 11 p.m. on Friday, May 23, until 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, according to Captain Patrick Kimes.
This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.