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There are two types of Red Light Violations:
Yes, your vehicle was captured by photo-enforcement cameras. You may view the images of your vehicle by going to the Pay Online Ticket website. Enter your ticket number and follow the directions as they appear. If you do not have your ticket number, you may still view the vehicle images by entering the license plate number, driver's license number of the registered owner (or lessee) or the VIN (vehicle identification number) of the registered vehicle.
If you entered the intersection when the light was green or yellow, you will not receive a "Notice of Violation." It is legal to clear the intersection if you are already in the intersection when the light turns red.
Under Illinois State Law, the registered owner (or lessee) of a vehicle is liable for any automated traffic law violations that occur. It does not matter who is driving the car (unless the vehicle has been reported stolen prior to the time of violation - refer to list of "Defenses").
The defenses to a Red Light Violation are as follows:
Under the law, the person(s) designated as the driver of the vehicle on the rental or lease agreement is responsible for any assigned violations during the rental/lease period.
No, driving is a regulated activity on public roads. By obtaining a license, a motorist agrees to abide by certain rules, such as obeying traffic signals. The camera only captures an image of the vehicle's license plate committing a traffic violation.
No. The goal of red light camera enforcement systems is to improve public safety by reducing injuries and deaths caused by accidents. Drivers are advised of camera systems at each intersection that photo enforcement is in use by way of signage. Revenue is generated from fines paid by drivers who continue to run red lights, which is a serious traffic safety problem.