OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ailing. (TOC) — Plastic luggage coated what have been among the many most controversial purple mild cameras within the state.
The lights are at Route 83 and twenty second Road, simply throughout from the Oakbrook Mall. They’re not in service, which implies drivers will not be getting tickets from them within the mail.
One ticket exhibits photographs of a automobile allegedly going by way of the purple mild, together with the $100 price. Kyla Ohst obtained it two weeks in the past, simply earlier than IDOT shut the cameras down.
“It is honest to get a ticket, however $100 is so much for one thing like that,” Ohst mentioned.
IDOT revoked the working allow for the cameras, claiming the Village of Oakbrook Terrace did not submit obligatory stories documenting security on the intersection. The company made no point out, nevertheless, of federal costs towards the previous mayor of Oakbrook Terrace for allegedly accepting bribes from the corporate that put in the cameras. Activists preserve the cameras ought to by no means have been there within the first place.
“Statistics present earlier than they put the cameras right here, it was comparatively secure and there has not been any change by way of security after they positioned the cameras right here. This was put right here so they may generate some huge cash,” mentioned Mark Wallace of Residents to Abolish Pink Mild Cameras.
Blake Jacobs obtained a $100 purple mild digital camera ticket there final summer season regardless that he mentioned he is fairly sure he broke no legal guidelines.
“I believed I caught the sunshine and I obtained a ticket within the mail three weeks later,” Jacobs mentioned.
Activists mentioned Friday is an effective day.
“Somewhat justice for motorists and for the individuals of Oakbrook,” Wallace mentioned.
Former Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Tony Ragucci was indicted final month on costs of wire fraud and submitting false tax returns. If convicted, he may withstand 20 years in jail. A trial date has not but been set.
ABC7 has reached out to Oakbrook Terrace officers for remark.
IDOT issued a press release saying, “The Illinois Division of Transportation is dedicated to enhancing security and frequently works with our native authorities companions towards this shared purpose. After evaluate, the IDOT allow issued to Oakbrook Terrace to function a red-light digital camera at Illinois 83 and twenty second Road is revoked attributable to failure to conform. Regardless of repeated requests, the town didn’t submit the post-installation evaluation on the effectiveness of the digital camera system to enhance security on the intersection, as required by IDOT coverage.
“The town has been instructed to deactivate the cameras instantly and apply inside 15 days for the required allow to take away them.
“The present IDOT coverage was developed to help native businesses to acquire a allow to put in red-light cameras on roads below state jurisdiction. The coverage additionally permits IDOT to take away such cameras whether it is in one of the best curiosity of the motoring public.”
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