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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hey Melrose Park look carefully

Duffy recently introduced Senate Bill 26, a bill which would prohibit camera enforcement of right turn on red violations.
“The U.S. Department of Transportation said you can drive from here to Jupiter and back and never been in an incident turning right on red,” says Duffy. “It (right turn on red camera enforcement) has nothing to do with safety. It’s all about revenue and not about safety.”
Duffy contends that 90% of red light camera revenue comes from drivers rolling through a right turn on red (where it’s legally permitted) at just one or two miles per hour instead of coming to a complete stop.
“From the info I have over 90% of the income comes from right turn on red,” says Duffy. “They (RLC companies) will not provide a breakdown of where the revenue comes from. If these figures are wrong, prove me wrong.”
Although Duffy contends by adding this restriction to Illinois law municipalities currently using camera enforcement for right on red violations would see a dramatic drop in revenue, none of the towns we spoke to seemed bothered by SB26.

Oaklawn Illinois Cook County at the intersection of 95th Street and Cicero Ave. Noticed the camera and the route signs and the sign under the ped light no look at the pic to the left. This is what the state law says a town, city, village should have so the motorists know not to turn right on red.

CBS news on Melrose Park red Light

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (CBS) — You know the feeling. You’re driving through an intersection when suddenly, you see the red-light camera flash.
The fear of that flash has drivers in one suburb stuck in traffic -– by choice. They’re sitting at red lights, sometimes tying up traffic because they’re so afraid of getting a $100 ticket, CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.
Some say it’s a flashing frenzy at North and First avenues in Melrose Park — red-light cameras sometimes going off several times a minute.
But it turns out not everyone getting snapped is breaking the law. And that has drivers scared to move.
“I did that once at this very same traffic light. I stopped. I waited, and yet I was still ticketed,” one motorist said.

CBS 2 observed drivers sitting at the corner, refusing to turn right on red, even though posted signs say that is permitted as long as you make a complete stop.
CBS 2 tested the system, stopping at the corner for more than five second. The camera went off.
Drivers say they’re tired of that sinking feeling when they think they’re obeying the rules of the road, but then look up in their rear-view mirror and see the flashing lights, anyway.
Melrose Park police say drivers who stop completely before turning won’t get tickets. A police officer reviews all the images from the cameras and decides who should get ticketed.

Melrose Park scams motorist

Whats on the sarges mind has started an investigation in to redlight ticket scams by the village below you will find evidence of our findings.
From Topix "My wife got a hundred dollar ticket from the Melrose Park Red Light Vigilante. She stopped for one second before turning right on red. This was on North Avenue, early in the morning and no other cars were in sight. Our appeal was denied.

If this is how Melrose Park wants to raise revenue, then you don't need our money being spent in your stores and other local businesses. The business community should tell the Melrose Village Government they are driving business away with their gestapo red light tactics.

Best wishes to you! We love your businesses, but we hate your greedy government" Scammed Motorist 1
I am sorry but after reviewing the law under 625 ILCS 5 Melrose Park is in violation of entrapment.
Whats On The Sarge's Mind has forward our findings to WGN, CBS, WFLD, and ABC for further investigation hopeing that more people will come forward about how there is no signs posted explaining that motorist can not turn right on red. We will be posting our video from our infraction below the Police Departments Web Site. If you folks never read one of our entire blogs this is the one to read all the way through there is information on what intersections have no signs that you will get a 100 dollar ticket for and until Melrose Park fixes the issue we will keep going out there and photographing and blogging about it
here are the intersections to stay away from.
Illinois Melrose Park 1st Ave and North Ave. $100 Right Turn Camera video - took video from rear - ticket taking right turn on red - ordinance violation Map
Illinois Melrose Park 5th and North Ave $100 Right Turn Camera No Right Turn Red Light Map
Illinois Melrose park 5th and North Ave $100 Both Red Light and Right Turn Cameras E/B, W/B Right Turns, Captures over white lines Map
Illinois melrose park north Ave and 25th Ave 100 Both Red Light and Right Turn Cameras

This all Melrose Park will tell you is to go here Melrose Park Police DepartmentSam C. Pitassi, Chief Of Police
Melrose Park Police Department
1 N. Broadway Melrose Park, IL. 60160
ph: (708) 344-8409, fax: (708) 344-9065
Pay by credit card

Study: Red-light cameras save lives

Red-light cameras are helping drivers remember that red means stop and are saving lives, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The study concludes that the cameras have reduced the rate of fatal crashes involving motorists who run red lights by 24 percent in 14 large cities with red-light cameras. more info

Red Light Camera

Village of Melrose Park - Red Light Camera Locations
1st Ave & North Ave. (East)
5th Ave & North Ave. ( East, West)
9th Ave & North Ave. ( East)
25th & North Ave. (East, West & South)
Mannheim & Lake Street (East, North)

To make an online payment for a Red Light Camera violation
click here

Frequently Asked Questions:
Village of Melrose Park Automated Red Light
Enforcement Program

What do I do if I receive a Notice of Violation?

How much is the fine?
The fine is $100.00 for each violation.
How much time do I have to pay my Red Light Violation Notice?
You must pay the civil penalty on or before the due date on your Violation Notice. The due date for payment is located on the top and bottom right of your Notice of Violation.
What are my Options?

OPTION I. Pay the Fine
    • Pay Online: Logon to by entering the Violation Notice Number and License Plate Number noted on the top and bottom right of your Notice of Violation. There is a $3.50 convenience fee for paying on-line, assessed at the time of payment.

Pay By Mail: Mail your check or money order (payable to the Village of Melrose Park Photo Enforcement Program) in the return envelope provided. Be sure to include the payment stub from the bottom of the notice you received along with your payment. Please do not send cash.

Pay By Credit Card: A Toll Free number has been established for the Village and is noted on the violation. Payments will be accepted between the hours of 9am – 4pm. We accept VISA and MasterCard and there is a $3.50 convenience fee for the service. A transaction confirmation number will be provided as well as an email confirmation for your permanent records if you wish.

In-Person Payments are not available.
OPTION II. Contest the Notice of Violation:
Please make sure that the basis for your contest is one of the following four options
(these are also listed on the back of the notice of violation)
    • Police officer already issued you a uniform traffic citation for
      the same violation (the citation issued by the police officer
      takes precedence over the Violation Notice).
    • Vehicle or license plates were stolen and not recovered at the time
      of the violation
    • Vehicle was leased or rented to another party, and a written affidavit
      of the lessee of the vehicle and a lease agreement were submitted
    • Vehicle was an emergency vehicle or lawfully participating in a
      funeral procession

Contest By Mail:
      • Fill in the CONTEST BY MAIL circle on the notice stub and on the self-addressed return envelope.
      • Enclose a letter signed by the registered owner of the vehicle setting forth facts that establish a defense.
      • Enclose any supporting evidence, such as affidavits, photos, state vehicle registration, official police vehicle theft/or recovery reports with the Violation Notice Number indicated.
      • Be certain these documents are legible and complete.
        Send copies, original documents will not be returned.
      • Enclose all evidence to support your defense as the
        Hearing officer’s decision is final.
      • All Contest By Mail materials must be submitted using
        the enclosed return envelope and must be received by
        the Pay or Contest By Date.
Requests to Contest Received AFTER the Pay or Contest By Date:
  • The Registered Owner (no one else) must send a document to the Police Department and
(1) Explain why a reply was not sent prior to the Pay or
Contest by Date and
(2) State why the request to contest should be heard.
1 North Broadway AvenueMelrose Park, IL 60160

Request An In-Person Hearing:
  • Fill in the IN PERSON HEARING circle on the return stub and on the return envelope. Mail the stub in the return envelope.
  • Requests will only be honored if received by the Pay or Contest By Date (within the first 21 days of the initial violation notice).

Why has the Village of Melrose Park decided to implement an Automated Red Light Photo Enforcement Program?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a recent nationwide study of deadly crashes at traffic signals indicates that 22 percent failed to obey the signal. In 2006, the fatality rate approached 900 and 144,000 injuries where recorded, all a result of red-light running. It is the Village’s belief that implementation of an Automated Red Light Photo Enforcement Program will reduce the number of red light collisions and injuries associated with such crashes. The goal of this program is to increase traffic safety in Melrose Park by reducing red light running violations, red light crashes and red light injury crashes without impacting Village funds.
What is a Red Light Violation?
There are Two Types of Red Light Violations:
  • Right Turn on Red without coming to a complete stop.
You may be cited with a Red Light Violation if you fail to bring your vehicle to a complete stop before turning right when the light is red. Turning right on red, after bringing your vehicle to a complete stop, is only allowed at intersections that do not have signs prohibiting such turns. For exact wording, please check Illinois’ Rules of the Road, or visit the Secretary of State’s website,
  • Entering an intersection AFTER the traffic signal has turned red.
If I am in the intersection when the light is yellow and the light changes to red, will I receive a Notice of Violation?
No. The automated system only becomes active once the red light is showing. It will not capture a vehicle that enters the intersection prior to the light changing to red. If you entered the intersection on yellow, it is legal to clear the intersection if the light turned red while you were still in the intersection. In the violation notice, the first photo shows your car at the white line when the stoplight was red. In the second photo the stoplight was still red when the car proceeded into the intersection.
Will the red light cameras take a picture of the driver of the vehicle?
No. A violation of the Melrose Park Ordinance is a civil violation assessed against the owner of the vehicle; it is not a criminal violation. Similar to a parking ticket, there is no need to identify the driver and therefore, no need to capture the image of the driver. This violation will not affect your driving privileges or insurance rates.
Where can I go to view my video and images?
To view your violation video clip and images, log on to To log on to the site you must enter your 16 digit Notice Number and License Plate information located at the top right of your Violation Notice. If you do not have Internet access, you may visit any public library for Internet access to view your video.
What if I was not the operator of the car at the time the violation took place…am I still liable?
Under Illinois State Law, HB 4835 effective May, 2006, the registered owner of a vehicle is liable for any automated traffic law violations that occur to the vehicle. It does not matter who was driving the car, the law clearly states that the registered owner is liable.
The car was a rental, why did I receive the Violation Notice?
Under the law, the person(s) designated on the rental or lease agreement of a vehicle as the driver(s) of that vehicle is responsible for any assigned violations during the rental period. Your name and address were provided to us by the rental car agency.
What happens if I ignore the Violation Notice?
Failure to pay the civil penalty or to contest liability prior to the Pay or Contest Date on the Notice will result in a Determination of Liability being entered against you. You will be given another 14 days to pay, at which time, if payment has still not been received, a Final Determination of Liability will be issued. If the Final Determination of Liability is not paid, a late payment fee will be imposed and the fine increased. If this Second Notice remains unpaid, collections and an entry of a judgment against you may proceed.

Failure to pay Five (5) Violations may result in the Owner’s Drivers License Being Suspended.
My payment has already been sent; will I still be charged late fees?
Payment must be received on or before the Pay or Contest by Date indicated on the violation notice. Postmarked dates are not considered as payment received, and payment extensions are not granted.
I paid the violation; why did I receive another Violation Notice?
The Notice you just received could be for additional violations or it may just be a second notice which crossed your payment in the mail. Payments are posted the same day they are received, but you may call the toll free number on the notice for assistance and to confirm receipt.
If I pay the fine, can I then contest it or ask for a hearing?
No. Once you have paid a fine it is considered an admission of liability and requests to contest or schedule a hearing will not be granted.
How do I know these violations are valid?
Images of your vehicle were captured and recorded by an Automated Red Light Photo Enforcement System. Your images and an actual video of the occurrence are available online for your review at:
The images and video passed a two part review process by qualified technicians before being submitted to the Melrose Park Police Department for final review and approval. The alleged civil infraction notice was then mailed to you as the registered owner or identified driver. Confirmation of your name, address and vehicle registration information was provided to the Melrose Park Police Department by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
The Melrose Park
Red Light Cameras
are located at:
1st & North (Eastbound)
5th & North (East and Westbound)
Manheim & Lake (East and Northbound)
25th & North (Eastbound)
9th & North (Eastbound)

Village of Melrose Park
Melrose Park Fire Department
Melrose Park Police Department, 1 N. Broadway Melrose Park, IL. | ph: (708) 344-8409 | Records Department Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5pm
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