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Red Light Violation


Last month I got an automated red light ticket from the City of Chicago. The violation notice came about 2 weeks after the event and they provided pictures, telemetry and video of the offense. According to their telemetry data I was traveling 33 mph when I entered the intersection and the light had been red for a mere 0.12 seconds.

The most interesting thing for me is the ability to observe my driving form. You can see me brake hard just before the line and then release the brakes just before the apex. Based on the squatting of my car's back I was on the gas soon after the apex. I think the turn looks pretty good. If only I had the footage from the opposite camera. Audio would be nice too as I'm certain my tires were squealing like crazy (as they always do).

Despite it being a moving violation and the ticket costing $100 (as much as a speeding ticket), the interesting thing is in the fine print:
The ticket appearing on this notice is not a uniform traffic citation. Payment will not impact your driving privileges. However, failure to pay or timely contest the violation may subject you to additional enforcement activities, including the immobilization of your vehicle.
What this means is that even though this is a traffic violation, since it is automated (and servies primarily to make revenue for the government) the ticket is equivalent to a non-moving violation (e.g. a parking ticket) so there shouldn't be an effect on insurance.

In addition to the pictures they provide, you can also view a video of the offense on the City of Chicago website. Being one of those new fangled flash movies, it was a bit of a pain to export it off the site, but here it is:

Posted 09/11/2008 04:19 PM in Cars, Videos | Total Comments: (2)
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i love how you slow down, as if you thought of stopping, but then said.. yeah no :)
Submitted by jessica Turrubiartes on 10/14/2008 11:21 PM

Submitted by 1 on 06/09/2017 02:12 AM

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