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New Illinois law allows automated speed systems in safety zones

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

( – A new law allowing municipalities to use automated speed enforcement systems to measure the speed of drivers in Illinois safety zones goes into effect on July 1st.

The new law states that anyone caught speeding by an automated speed systen while in a safety zone is subject to fines depending on the number of miles per hour over the speed limit. 

According to the printed law, a “safety zone” is an area that is within one-eighth mile from the nearest property line of any public or private school.  It also includes other areas or land used for recreational purposes, like parks.

The ticket will be issued to the vehicle’s registered owner, regardless of who was driving the vehicle during the time of the violation.  The owner will receive a notification of the violation in the mail. 

Municipalities will limit and control the automated speed enforcement system if the city’s population is over 1 million.  The municipality must provide at least one photo, time and date of the alleged violation with the mailed notification to the vehicle’s registered owner.

The municipality using the systems must post signs stating that speed is being recorded and enforced by an automated system and must do so no later than 30 days before the system is to be implemented. 

A driver caught speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit will be issued a $50 fine.  If speeding 11 or more miles per hour over the posted limit, the fine is $100.  If not paid within 30 days, those fines double.  If traveling five miles per hour or less over the speed limit, there will be no citation, but the municipality may issue a warning.

In the law, the state has limited the way the money collected from the violations can be used.  The municipality that collects the money can use it for public safety initiatives to ensure safe passage around schools.  They may also use it for construction or maintenance of roadways within their municipality.

Read the law in its entirety here.

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