Illinois Exhibits

 

IL-1 Illinois Requirements for Professional Engineers

Illinois Requirements for Professional Engineers

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) regulates the practices of traffic engineers. 225 ILCS 325 Section 4 requires the "professional engineer to apply science", not to misapply science or to omit science, the latter the case in Chicago.

Apr 5, 2014
IL-2 Illinois Professional Engineers Manual for Code Enforcement

Illinois Professional Engineers Manual for Code Enforcement

Page 12 says that incompetence is a criminal offense--a class A misdemeanor and subsequent acts a felony.

Apr 5, 2014
IL-3 Bureau of Design and Environment Manual

Bureau of Design and Environment Manual

Page 64-4(16) says that the yellow change interval equation is in the Bureau of Operations Traffic Policies and Procedures Manual. You will have to get this Operations manual yourself.

The City of Chicago claims that it does not use the ITE Formula. By looking at the claim, Chicago's yellow change intervals are generally shorter than the ITE Formula-computed values. The ITE Formula, however, computes the absolute minimum yellow change intervals mandated by physics. Chicago's traffic engineers ignore the ITE Formula, and thus physics and therefore violate 225 ILCS 325 Section 4.

In opposition to the claim at Chicago's web site, approval of the yellow change intervals from the City traffic engineers is irrelevant. And it does not matter what the federal minimums are. The laws of physics trump the minimums and are not subject to the approval of any man. In order to safeguard life, health and welfare, the engineer has to comply with physics, not the reverse. One cannot invent laws of nature and expect people to conform.

Apr 5, 2014
IL-4 Illinois Red Light Camera Law

Illinois Red Light Camera Law

Apr 5, 2014
IL-5 Chicago Red Light Camera Law

Chicago Red Light Camera Law

Apr 5, 2014
IL-6 Illinois Supplement to the MUTCD

Illinois Supplement to the MUTCD

Apr 5, 2014
IL-7 Chicago's Red Light Camera Enforcement Web Site

Chicago's Red Light Camera Enforcement Web Site

The City of Chicago commits fraud on many of its claims on this web page.

The section "How long are Chicago's yellow lights?" contain lies and half-truths.

(1) The timings definitely do NOT adhere to the recommendations of the Institute of Transportation Engineers: Chicago is ignoring ITE's Formula.

(2) The timings are not adequate for commercial truck drivers or any drivers driving in the rain, snow or ice. Also, the yellow light time not only is supposed to give you the distance to stop, but also it is supposed to give you the time it takes to proceed into the intersection once you can no longer stop. But for the proceeding driver, the timings do not give a driver the time it takes to slow down to execute a turn or to tap the brakes for any car that turns into a business. The timing assumes you can travel at the speed limit or more all the way to the intersection without ever slowing down. If you slow down, Chicago can force you to run a red light.

The paragraph "Why not make the yellow light longer?" is a complete lie.

(1) "Drivers will treat the extension of the yellow as a green light" is a known false rumor that has been circulating since the 1940s. The rumor has never been shown to be true in 100 years. No paper, no study, nothing backs this claim. The opposite however has been shown to be true hundreds of thousands of times: Increase the yellow 1 to 2 seconds and the red light violations drop 80 to 95%. No exceptions.

(2) "Unfortunately too many drivers believe that the yellow is a sign to speed up." But "speed up" is exactly what it means according to the Institute of Transporation Engineers (which Chicago says it adheres to). Yellow light does in fact require some drivers to "beat the light".

Apr 5, 2014

 

Illinois Attorneys

These attorneys and experts understand the misapplied physics in the federal standards which force drivers to run red lights.

 

IL-A1 Patrick Keating

Patrick Keating

Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC
Partner & Chair, Transportation Practice
55 West Monroe, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603
Work: 312-251-2273
Work: 312-878-5200
Mobile: 312-933-4539

 

Apr 8, 2014

 

Illinois Experts

IL-E1 Barnet Fagel

Barnet Fagel

Mr. Fagel is an expert in forensic video specializing in red light cameras.

Nov 3, 2012