Traffic Cameras

Over time, traffic cameras have become more common across Illinois.  Red light cameras tend to slow down busy intersections. However, they are not just a deterrent for breaking traffic laws. Photo enforced traffic tickets are more difficult to appeal than a normal citation.

Motion-activated cameras detect speeding or vehicles that run through red lights. The camera will take a quick snapshot of the license plate of the vehicle and send it to the proper authorities. The photograph is then reviewed and a citation is sent to the person.

As with any sort of traffic violation, you have a chance to appeal. If you want to appeal a photo enforced traffic ticket, you should contact a practiced attorney.

Lawyer for Traffic Camera Violations in Chicago, IL

Are you frustrated with a traffic camera violation in the Cook County area? Do you want to appeal but you're unsure how? If the answers to these questions is yes, then contact the attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates.

Our attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates are practiced at handling traffic violations. We understand the frustration and extenuating circumstances of our clients. Let us guide you through the legal actions. Susan E. Loggans & Associates assist clients throughout the First Judicial Circuit and adjoining areas including DuPage County, Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, and Grundy County.

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Overview of Traffic Cameras in Cook County


Mechanics of a Traffic Enforcement Camera

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety states from data that 38 percent of traffic camera violations occur within 0.25 seconds of the light turning red. The other 79 percent occur within one second. Traffic cameras are generally accurate, and can catch cars going at very high speeds.

Most intersections have two traffic camera closely spaced embedded in the pavement before the stop limit line. The system will then predict if a particular vehicle will not be able to stop in time. Normally, the traffic camera will snap two photos of the event. The first photo shows the vehicle entering the intersection. The second shows the vehicle in the intersection.

A traffic camera photo will include the date, time, location, vehicle speed, and the amount of time elapsed since the light turned red. After the photos are taken, they are sent to local law enforcement. After the city's Department of Revenue reviews the photo, a citation will be given.

Traffic cameras have multiple purposes including:

  • Right turns;
  • Red lights; and
  • Speeding.

Traffic Camera Penalties in Chicago, IL

A red light camera violation is considered an administrative offense in Illinois. It is similar that to a parking ticket. Given that the citation was not given by a law enforcement official, it is a separate non-moving citation.

A non-moving citation is punishable by a fine in Illinois. Fines for traffic tickets vary, however they normally accost up to $100. If a person pays the fine they are pleading guilty to charges. Additionally, a traffic violation on your driving record may result in a significant increase in your car insurance premium.


Possible Defenses to a Traffic Camera Citation

Photo enforced traffic tickets may seem minor. Many people may tell you to just pay the fine and go on with it. However, there are ways to avoid traffic ticket penalties. If you contact an attorney, you may be able to avoid any consequence altogether.

Below are some possible defenses to your traffic camera violation:

  • Avoiding an accident;
  • Clarity of the photo;
  • Defective traffic light;
  • Blocked or absent warning sign;
  • The camera photo as hearsay;
  • A violation of the Sixth Amendment; or
  • Emergency driving.

Additional Resources

Rules for Chicago Speed Camera Tickets – Visit the Chicago Tribune's website to read an article pertaining to photo enforced traffic violations. See the city of Chicago's plan to reduce the penalties and number of traffic cameras due to complaints from the general population.

Red Light Camera Enforcement – Visit the City of Chicago's website to read about red light camera enforcement. See the reasoning of why Chicago has adopted red lights, studies that support photo enforced intersections, and when the red light community meetings are held.

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Red Light Cameras – Visit Illinois Policy, an independent nonprofit organization that generates public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom. Read an article by Bryant Jackson-Green regarding the Illinois supreme court dismissing a challenge to Chicago's red-light camera program.


Locating a Lawyer for Traffic Camera Violations in Chicago, IL

Have you unexpectedly received a red-light camera violation in the mail? Do you feel as if the citation isn't justified? Contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates today so you can talk to an attorney about the appeal process for your ticket.

You should not have to pay a penalty and plead guilty to charges just to get out of court. If you are interested in other options go and contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates to talk to an attorney today. All the attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates have handled many traffic violation cases. We understand traffic laws thoroughly in Illinois and want to assist you.

Susan E. Loggans & Associates accepts clients throughout the greater Cook County area and adjoining counties including Joliet in Will County, Yorkville in Kendall County, Woodstock in McHenry Coutny, Kankakee in Kankakee County, and Chicago in Cook County.

Dial (302) 201-8600 or schedule an appointment online today.


This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on June 21st, 2018.