ELBURN – Elburn soon will have a new fine structure for traffic violations, and a new ordinance is now in place that prevents vehicles from driving or parking on walking paths.
Elburn village trustees Monday approved the changes and additions to village ordinances. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the village’s fine structure for traffic violations needed to be updated and more uniform. Smith said the village has one or two fine structures, but will have four fine structures in January.
Smith said traffic violation fines increased in all areas, except for Metra parking enforcement.
“We needed to bring them up to today’s standards,” he said after Monday’s meeting. “Before, we had a long laundry list of fines. Now it’s more in line with what’s being done countywide.”
Fines start at $40 for Class 1 violations, which generally include minor offenses. A Class 1 violation might include storing or parking an unlicensed vehicle.
Metra commuters who violate parking ordinances continue to pay $20 for a first offense. Smith said that fine stayed the same because the village wants to encourage as many commuters to use Metra facilities as possible.
Fines start at $80 for Class 2 violations, which are a little more serious and could include traffic violations such as disregarding a traffic control device or obstructing a public way.
Fines for Class 3 violations start at $250 and could include violations such as storing an inoperable vehicle.
The fine structure becomes effective Jan. 1.
Also, in a move to make bike and walking paths safer, trustees approved a new ordinance that prevents prevents vehicles from driving or parking on them. Smith said no ordinance was in place before Monday and said that police had encountered those types of problems, especially around baseball fields.
“There was never any way for us to enforce that unless it was a DUI or reckless driving,” he said. “Now we can.”