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DRIVABLE ACCIDENTS AND NOT INVOLVING ANY INJURY:
Move out of the flow of traffic. If you are involved in a traffic accident and you determine that there are no personal injuries and the vehicles are driveable, please get the vehicles out of the flow of traffic. You do not want another accident involving other passing motorists.Call the Police Department. This depends upon your location. If you do not know whom to call, call 911 and they will assist you.Once a police officer arrives, he or she will be happy to take your traffic accident report. You will be given a case number; this is the report number. You will also be given an (SR1) accident form from the Secretary of State. You are required to fill this form out and mail it to the Secretary of State's Office if there is more than $1500.00 worth of damages on either vehicle. Mail it to the Secretary of State within the next ten days. Don't forget to make yourself a copy of the form before you send it in. Don't wait to make your report; call right away. Even if a report cannot be taken at that time, it is important to notify the proper authorities. When you get home, call your insurance agent and give them the report number and any other information that your have concerning the accident.
NON-DRIVABLE ACCIDENTS OR A PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT:
Call 911 immediately! If you are involved in a traffic accident that is not drivable or there is personal injury, call or have someone else call 911 immediately. Be sure to give the dispatcher the location of the accident so the Police may be sent out to investigate. If there are injuries, make sure you tell the dispatcher the nature of the injuries and the Fire Department will be notified. Help will be sent.
A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT:
Don't chase a hit-and-run driver! If you are involved in a traffic accident and the other party involved drives off before you get the driver's name and information, do not pursue the other driver. You do not want to get into a high-speed chase and into another accident.Call 911 immediately! Call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher that the other driver left the scene. Give the best description possible of the driver, the vehicle type, color, license plate number, and direction of travel. A flash message will be given to the Police in the area over the radio telling them of the wanted driver in your hit-and-run accident. An officer will be sent to the scene to handle your accident report.
IF NO INJURIES AND DAMAGE IS BELIEVED TO BE LESS THAN $500
A report is not required. You may exchange information and decide among each other if you would like to handle the matter among yourselves. If not call the police and an officer will be dispatched to take the report.
IF BOTH CARS ARE DRIVABLE AND NO INJURIES ARE PRESENT:
You may both drive to the police department and an officer will take your report at the police station.
Traffic Accidents page.
You will be cited for unlawful operation of a wireless device. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2(b)
The law specifically states that the driver must be using a headset or blue-tooth type device that is usually installed within newer vehicles.
Getting pulled over by a police officer can be intimidating, frustrating, and even dangerous for the motorist and the police officer. However, remembering some simple steps will help make your traffic stop as safe and as pleasant as possible.
The law states that when a police or fire vehicle using emergency lights and/or sirens approaches, drivers must pull over immediately to the right curb and stop. Respond to the red and blue lights and signal your intentions to let the officer and other motorists know what you plan to do. If the roadway is clear and the officer doesn't pass you, assume that your vehicle is the one being pulled over. Once you’ve stopped, roll down your window so that you may hear any verbal directions from the officer instructing you to move to another location he or she deems safer.
Be aware that the violation may have occurred one or two miles before the traffic stop. This delay is due to the fact that most departments have developed strict procedures for officers to follow to ensure your safety and theirs. They are required to give the location, vehicle and occupant description, and license plate to the dispatcher. The officer is also trying to locate the safest place to initiate the stop.
Remain in the vehicle unless the officer instructs otherwise. That is safest for you and the officer. Distracted motorists have been known to leave the roadway and strike vehicles or individuals at a traffic stop, causing injury or even death.
Listen to the officer and comply with instructions. Drivers often assume they are being stopped for a routine traffic matter, but the officer may be stopping you because your vehicle is similar to one just seen leaving the scene of a crime. Additionally, many people have warrants out for their arrest, are mentally unbalanced, or simply don't like police officers. Many officers have experienced verbal and physical confrontations as a result of traffic stops. Consequently, the officer may initially be acting under the assumption that you are a safety threat. Control over the situation can be accomplished by keeping yourself and your passengers in the vehicle with your hands visible.
Generally, the officer will need to converse with only the driver. Have your passengers remain in their seats and quiet unless the officer addresses them directly.
If it's a case of mistaken identity, you'll be on your way as soon as it's cleared up. If it's a traffic stop, the officer will request your driver's license, registration and insurance card. The officer may allow you to explain your actions; if so, you should speak calmly. If the officer saw you commit the violation, your statement may not be necessary.
If your complaint is about the validity of the citation, then it must be handled through the courts. If the contact was unprofessional, complain to the police department. Police departments have procedures for lodging complaints against officers. Departments want to know if there's a problem with an officer.
If you comply with the rationale behind an officer's actions by following these steps, a traffic stop can be a pleasant experience.
S/B Rohlwing at Kirchoff (Non-IDOT controlled intersection) Camera live (1/28/2008)
E/B Algonquin at New Wilke (IDOT) (E) Camera live (6/9/2008)
S/B Hicks at Euclid (IDOT) (S) Camera live (6/6/2008)
N/B IL Rt. 53 Exit Ramp at Algonquin (IDOT) (S) Camera live (9/9/2008)
W/B Algonquin at N/B IL Rt. 53 Ramp (IDOT) (W)Camera live (9/2009)
W/B Kirchoff at Plum Grove (Non-IDOT controlled intersection) (W) Camera live (11/7/2009)
If you wish to view your violation please visit: www.redlightviolations.comPlease note: Illinois Law dictates the vehicle MUST come to a complete stop prior to making a right turn on red. In other words, if your vehicles tires DO NOT come to a complete stop (not rolling, slowing before turn without stopping, yielding prior to the turn, etc..) this is the reason you received the citation. Be advised that all of the red light tickets are viewed by a police officer, not a company representative. Therefore, if you did not stop like Illinois law requires this is why you received the citation.
If you decide that you wish to contest the violation you may appear at an adjudication hearing where an Adjudicator will listen to your case and view the video of your violation. All adjudication hearings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 3600 Kirchoff Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. at 2 pm on the date you received.
If you wish to contest the violation:Individuals wishing to contest may do so by submitting a written Contest by Mail or by requesting an In- Person Hearing.
Please note the following are the ONLY reasons to contest a violation:
Police officer issued you a uniform traffic citation for the same violation within 1/8 of a mile and 15 minutes of the Stop Arm Camera recorded violation. The Police issued citation takes precedence over the violation captured by the system.
Vehicle or license plates were stolen and not recovered at the time of the violation.
The required visual signals were damaged, inoperable, not activated or not presentin the violation image.
If ANY of those reasons apply you may contest the violation.
You should know that these violations are reviewed by a Rolling Meadows Police Officer.
PLEASE NOTE ILLINOIS LAW REQUIRES:
You must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus on a two-lane roadway. A warningwill be given at least 100 feet (200 feet in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The bus driver willflash amber and red lights on the front and rear of the bus. The stop signal arm will be extendedafter the school bus has come to a complete stop. You must then come to a complete a stop.You must remain stopped until the signal arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights areturned off or the driver signals you to pass. On a four-lane roadway where a bus is stoppedin the opposite directions from which you are traveling, you are not required to stop yourvehicle but you should drive with caution.