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Red Light Violations

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

How Much is my fine?

The fine is $100 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.

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What are my options?

Two Options are available:  PAY THE FINE OR CONTEST THE VIOLATION
OPTION 1.  PAY THE FINE
• Pay online:  Logon to www.RedLightViolations.com 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, assesed at the time of payment.
• Pay by Mail:  Mail your check or money order (payable to the Village of Rosemont Photo Enforced 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 9 AM - 4 PM.  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.

OPTION 2:  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.

 

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To 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 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.

 

ROSEMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT

9501 WEST DEVON

SUITE 200

ROSEMONT, IL 60018-4811
 

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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).

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Why has the Village of Rosemont 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 Rosemont by reducing red light running violations, red light crashes and red light injury crashes without impacting Village funds.

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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, www.cyberdriveillinois.com

• Entering an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.

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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.
 

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Will the red light cameras take a picture of the driver of the vehicle?

No. A violation of the Village 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.

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Where can I go to view my video and images?

To view your violation video clip and images, log on to www.redlightviolations.com. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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:


www.redlightviolations.com
 

The images and video passed a two part review process by qualified technicians before being submitted to the Rosemont 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 Rosemont Police Department by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.

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Public Safety

Where do I pay my parking ticket?

9501 W. Devon Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
4th Floor

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Rosemont Recreation Center

Splash Pad

Dates of Operation: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Hours
Monday – Friday:
  Session 1: 1pm – 4pm
  Session 2: 5pm – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday:
  Session 1: 12pm – 4pm
 

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Year Long Programs

ESL (English as a Second Language)
A course offered by Oakton Community College.  The course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing in English.   Please call the RRC for registration dates.
Days & Hours:
Monday & Wednesday:  9am – 11am
Tuesday & Thursday:  1pm – 3pm

GED (General Equivalency Diploma)
A course offered by Oakton Community College.  The course prepares individuals to complete the GED exam and is taught in both English and Spanish by a teacher from OCC.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Please call the RRC for registration dates.
Days & Hours:
  Tuesday & Thursday:
   Session 1: 10am – 1pm
   Session 2: 5pm – 8pm
  Saturday:
   Session 1: 10am – 1pm

Computer Basics Class
The course is designed to teach adults the fundamentals of using a computer for tasks such as using the Internet, sending and receiving emails, and using Microsoft Word.  Please call the RRC for more information.
Days & Hours:
  Friday: 9am – 11am

Computer Check-Out
For residents in need of computer use and/or Internet access, a laptop can be checked out and used in our classroom for homework, help filling out a job application or writing/sending emails.  Each laptop has Internet access and Microsoft Office.
Days & Hours:
  Mon, Wed, Fri: 12p – 8pm
  Tuesday & Thursday: 3pm – 5pm
  Saturday: 1pm – 4pm

Homework Help
Elementary school, middle school and high school students from the community can come to the RRC if they need help with their homework after school.  High school and college-graduated staff can help students, as they are bilingual in English and Spanish.
Days & Hours:
  Mon, Wed, Fri: 3pm – 8pm
  Tuesday, Thursday: 3pm – 5pm

Karate Class
Karate is offered through JKA of Palatine.  Classes are held in our gymnasium every Wednesday.  Please call Sensei Rodriguez for detailed information. (847) 361-1383.

 

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Seasonal Events

*Please call the Rosemont Recreation Center for detailed information on each event.

February: Arts & Crafts Class
March: Easter Candy Jar Contest
April:  Easter Egg Hunt
June-July: Trips to Rosemont Pool
   Trips to Muvico Theater
August:  Back-To-School Picnic
September: Arts & Crafts Class
October: Jack-o-lantern Carving
  Halloween Candy Jar Contest
  Halloween Party
November: Dia de los Muertos Art Display
December: Santa’s Mailbox
  Christmas Candy Jar Contest
  Gingerbread House Class
  Christmas Party with Santa Claus

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Crime Free Housing

I only have one unit, why does the ordinance apply to me?

Laws regarding rental properties and eviction proceedings can be complicated. Most small property owners operate their rental unit as an investment and may not have the background, information, or experience that would assist them in preventing or dealing with problems on their property. The village has had several cases related to rental condos or rental single-family homes where drug sales, criminal gang activity (including drive-by shootings) and severe nuisance problems that adversely impacted the quality of life in the neighborhood have occurred and the property owner was unaware or unable to quickly or effectively resolve the matter. One has no way of knowing if the next renter will become a nightmare for you and the community. The Crime Free Multi-Housing program can help you be prepared to prevent problems or be ready to quickly and effectively deal with problems should they occur.

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Why is the seminar 8-hours and what will I learn?

The Crime Free Multi-Housing program was developed in 1992 by the Mesa, Arizona Police Department Over 2000 communities in 44 states and 4 Canadian provinces have been trained in CFMH. The information contained in the seminar is a compilation of experience and proven methods from professional rental property managers, lawyers, and police officers. Seminar topics include:

  • Explanation of the Village of Rosemont residential rental ordinance
  • Overview of community policing and village resources available to assist you
  • Explanation of the Crime Free Lease Addendum with samples provided
  • Crime Prevention and Risk Management
  • CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) overview
  • Applicant Screening
  • Active Property Management and Working with the Police
  • An Attorney discussing leases and evictions
  • Village of Rosemont rental issues/inspections miscellaneous ordinances
  • Gang and drug awareness information
  • A comprehensive workbook

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It is difficult for me to attend one whole session for 8-hours.

In an effort to provide the rental property owner, agent (manager), or the owner's designee,
an opportunity to attend the seminar with the least amount of difficulty. we are offering
several sessions every month. Seminars are scheduled on weekdays, and split over
two (02) evenings. If it is absolutely impossible to attend 8 straight hours, arrangements can be made to attend the seminar one day and the final on another date.
 

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I live out of state. Do I have to attend?

Not necessarily. If you live out of state, you are required to have a local individual that handles matters for you related to the rental property. They can attend as your representative.

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If I own more than one unit in the village. How many seminars do I need to

You (or your agent or designee) need to attend only one seminar regardless of the number of rental units that you own or operate in the village.

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Does the ordinance require a criminal background check for rental

No. Thorough applicant screening is recommended and discussed in the seminar, however, the ordinance does not require criminal background checks.

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Does the ordinance require me to evict a tenant for one criminal incident?

No. The ordinance does require the use of a Crime Free Lease Addendum or similar wording in the body of the lease that makes criminal activity a cause for eviction. The ordinance does not require an eviction based on criminal activity. It simply provides the rental property owner the tool and ability to deal with a problem if they choose or need to. The Crime Free Lease Addendum was developed by HUD and is used in section 8 leases utilized by housing authorities. Evictions based on this concept were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 (see Oakland Housing Authority v. Rucker and Department of Housing and Urban Development v. Rucker).

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Doesn't the ordinance promote discrimination or profiling?

No. The Federal Fair Housing Act, which is discussed during the seminar and contained in the workbook, has seven protected classes. The seven protected classes relate to a persons race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability). A person's behavior is not a protected class. The ordinance is intended to deal with a tenant's or tenants friends and associates criminal or excessive nuisance behavior that is impacting the health, safety, or quality of life of a neighborhood regardless of the tenant's race, ethnic background, or income status. Would you like to live next to a drug dealer, gang member, or renter that has loud and drunken parties every weekend?

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How can I be held responsible for the actions of my tenant?

A rental property, regardless of size, is in fact a business operation. While the village has the power to declare certain businesses a nuisance, it has the right and responsibility to do the same for troublesome rental properties. The ordinance is designed to provide education and tools to rental property owners that will assist them and empower them to reduce the chances of problems and be prepared to quickly and effectively deal with problem tenants. This will not only assist the village and local neighborhoods, but may also protect the rental property owner from potential loss of rent during a protracted eviction and costly repairs to damaged units.

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Will my rental license be suspended or revoked any time a crime happens?

The owners that actively work with the police department in an attempt to resolve the problem should have no concern. The village will not automatically suspend or revoke a rental license for a property that meets the nuisance standard. The village manager, upon specific recommendation, may review the situation and may suspend or recommend revocation for a small percentage of rental property owners who fail to attempt to resolve problems on their property.

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