Tribune Gets Some Red Light Camera Justice In Hillside
One irate woman driver reported to the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver column that she was issued a red light camera ticket in Hillside even though she was in a funeral procession.
She allegedly fought the RLC ticket and lost, with the hearing officer upholding the violation. That’s despite the fact being part of a funeral procession is one of the very few circumstances that can be raised as a legitimate legal defense for a red light camera violation. The driver even brought documentation to prove her case.
After complaining to the Problem Solver column, writer Jon Yates contacted Hilliside. The back pedaling by Hillside was furious and fast with village officials claiming they had offered to clear up the situation when the driver complained to them immediately after the original hearing date.
It’s hard to tell, but from the story, it seems the driver may not have conveyed the funeral procession defense as clearly as possible and was possibly more overly dramatic than necessary at the hearing.
On the other hand, reading the story one gets the sense Hillside officials are stuttering their responses during the Trib’s inquiries.
No matter. Ultimately, justice, with the aide of a major metropolitan newspaper wins out in the end.
Here’s the Tribune’s story, “Problem Solver: Red light ticket dampens funeral.”