Elburn board approves hikes in fines for traffic ordinances

By on November 23, 2012

Bans motorized vehicles on bike paths
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance to increase fines and penalties for parking and other traffic violations.

The ordinance divides violations into three tiers: classes one, two and three. Class one violations are minor and could include storage or parking of an unlicensed vehicle; fines for first offenses have been increased from $40 to $80. Class two and three violations are for offenses that could compromise public health, safety or welfare. Class two violations might include traffic violations such as disregarding traffic control devices or obstructing a public right-of-way, with fines for first offenses at $80. Class three violations could include storage of an inoperable or derelict vehicle, and fines begin at $250.

The board on Monday also approved an ordinance prohibiting motorized vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles on pedestrian and bike trails.

Various homeowners’ associations have made requests to the village regarding the issue. A violation could be considered to be criminal trespass to property under the Illinois Criminal Code. Exceptions include emergency and village public works vehicles, and individuals with a legitimate disability operating a motorized wheelchair.