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posted: 9/10/2013 5:00 AM

Caught in red-light merry-go-round

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If you live long enough you may incur what I call the "Mikado syndrome." As in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta it must be "a source of innocent merriment" to someone at the Village Hall for "the punishment that fits the crime" -- a situation of absurdity. I am a first-time offender at age 70.

The $100 fine, is for a "non-moving" violation at a right turn red light in Elk Grove Village, westbound on Oakton at the corner with Busse.

Drivers beware! It is in my opinion nonnegotiable. A claim can be submitted but they give five days from time of receipt. It is not worth their time and expense for them to go to court to give you the benefit of the doubt. The entity doing the collection is located in Chicago. Probably another Cook County perk but if they reduced the fee they might even make more money.

With no signs posted as to surveillance cameras I must surmise there are hundreds of others who have gone through this trap. I want to know where in the Rules of the Road it states how long one must stay in a stopped position before proceeding? How many of your readers have experienced this?

I wonder.

Iris R. Seefeldt

Arlington Heights

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