Frequently Asked Police Questions

What is the curfew?

For ages 13 and under, the curfew is 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. For ages 14-16 (inclusive), the curfew is 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday (inclusive) and 12:00 midnight – 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Champaign Police Department
Phone: 217/351-4545

Can I call the police department and find out who owns a car?

No. Our employees cannot verify driver’s license status or license plate information to any non-law enforcement person or for any non-criminal justice purpose. This information is available to citizens through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office (Driver’s License Facility).

What is the city’s Emergency Accident Procedure?

This procedure is usually implemented by the police department during bad weather (especially snow), when officers are handling numerous minor accidents.

If no one is injured and the vehicles are moveable, both drivers should exchange name, address and insurance information. Then sometime during the next day or two, go to the police department and get a State accident form. These forms are filled out by the drivers (not an officer) and sent to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

Can the Police Department unlock a vehicle if the keys are locked inside?

No. The Police Department only responds to assist a locksmith or the Fire Department IF there is a child or animal locked inside the vehicle. In all other situations, you must call a locksmith or a tow company to unlock your vehicle.

Does my child always have to be in a car seat?

Yes. The Child Passenger Protection Act provides that whenever a person is transporting a child under the age of 8 (rather than 4), the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system, which also includes a booster seat. It provides that every person, when transporting a child 8 years of age or older, but under the age if 16, is responsible for properly securing that child in seat belts. The Act also provides that a child weighing more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt.

Will my car be towed if I’m parked on a snow route and it snows?

Snow routes go into effect any time there is 2 or more inches of snow on the ground. If there are any cars on the street after two (2) inches of snowfall, they will be towed and the owners expense.

The Public Works Department must be able to plow the streets. Notification of intent to tow will be announced on radio and television stations, as well as the City website. You can also call the Public Works Department (403-4770) or the Police Department (351-4545) if you are unsure. The police department will not take responsibility for individual notification of intent to tow.

Any individual who parks on the snow route takes responsibility for their vehicle after 2 inches of snowfall. The designated snow route consists of the following streets:

  • Church Street
  • University Avenue
  • State Street
  • Randolph Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Hessel Boulevard

Is the Police Department notified when the schools are closing for bad weather?

Champaign Police are notified only of Champaign Unit 4 School closings and limited bus services. We do not keep a list of any other school closings.