Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Automated Traffic Control Systems in Highway Construction or Maintenance Zones Act. Provides that the Department of State Police may establish an automated traffic control system for obtaining a photograph or other recorded image of any vehicle violating a traffic law in a construction or maintenance zone established by the Department of Transportation or the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Establishes procedures for enforcing penalties on the basis of violations recorded by an automated traffic control system. Provides that the Department of State Police must conduct a public information campaign with regard to the use of these systems before the systems may be used. Provides that the Department of State Police shall adopt rules for conducting the public information campaign.
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a local agency may delegate to its superintendent of highways the authority to set reduced speed limits within construction or maintenance zones. Provides that if a superintendent of highways sets a reduced speed limit for a construction or maintenance zone under the new provision, the local agency must maintain a record of the location of the construction or maintenance zone, the reduced speed limit set and posted for the zone, and the dates during which the reduced speed limit was in effect.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that an automated traffic control system may operate only during those periods when workers are present in a construction or maintenance zone. Provides that, if the driver can be identified, the driver (rather than the owner) is liable for the fine, and the violation is counted against the driver's (rather than against the owner's) driving record.
Provides that an automated traffic control system must obtain a clear photograph or other recorded image of the vehicle operator (as well as of the vehicle and registration plate) while the driver is speeding in a construction or maintenance zone (rather than violating traffic laws in this State). Provides that, if the driver cannot be identified through the photograph or other recorded image, the owner is not liable for the fine. Adds an immediate effective date.