Woman gets wrongful red light camera violation retracted after I-Team investigates

ByJason Knowles and Ann Pistone WLS logo
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Woman claims Rosemont red light camera ticketed wrong car
The I-Team is investigating a red light camera violation claim in Rosemont from a woman who says it wasn't her car.

ROSEMONT, Ill. (WLS) -- The I-Team first investigated a red light camera intersection in Rosemont last year, which has generated millions of dollars. Now, one woman is saying she was given a ticket at that same intersection, but it wasn't her car on camera.

In May, Alexa Roy got a violation notice for blowing a red light in Rosemont at the intersection of River and Higgins, and a fine for $100. The problem: The vehicle and license plate may look similar but they aren't Roy's.

"The license plate did not look like mine. I have a very clear Illinois license plate with Illinois across the top and the ombre little white buildings. And my car has a very clear sunroof on the top. The car pictured did not have an Illinois license plate and it did not have a sunroof at all," Roy said.

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Roy wrote to the Village of Rosemont and went through the first part of the appeals process, sending pictures of her vehicle and license plate to show that her car wasn't the one in the video posted on their website.

However, Rosemont still found Roy responsible and continued to send her numerous notices about the $100 due.

"I felt very like exploited in a way because I was thinking that there were so many people who probably have gone through the same process as me, like they've tried to appeal in the right way," Roy told the I-Team.

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The I-Team reached out to Rosemont and was told, "after secondary review and info provided, it was determined the violation was sent in error due to improper plate being recognized. Alexa will be getting a notice that the adjudication judge ruled not liable."

Shortly after, Roy got a confirmation in the mail.

"I'm very happy but I'm still kind of upset even that I had to do this, that I had to get so many people involved," Roy said.

The I-Team investigated the same intersection in Rosemont in February of 2020 after criticism from people who said a designated right-hand turn at that intersection was a red light camera trap.

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The Village disputed that and said signs were posted for drivers to see.