First speed cameras to be installed outside city parks today
The first four of Mayor Emanuel’s Child Safety speed cameras are being installed today outside city parks.
In fact, WGN’s Judy Wang found one on Foster Avenue along Gompers Park is already in place.
The other parks getting the first cameras are Garfield, Washington and Marquette.
The cameras will start issuing warning tickets by the end of the month.
Eight more will be installed in September.
A motorist’s first violation will trigger a warning. After that, speeding less than 10 miles over the limit will bring a $35 fine. More than 10 miles over the limit will rack up a 100 dollar fine.
Opponents call Emanuel’s safety angle a smoke screen to generate cash for the debt ridden city.
And a month long test run at four locations last December netted more than 93,000 violations. That would have brought in more than four million dollars, well over Emanuel’s estimate of $30 million a year.
With 50 cameras expected to be online by year’s end, the city could be hauling in hundreds of millions of dollars.
The city’s department of transportation calls the 93,000 speeders figure overblown.
They say the four test sites were very high volume locations. And after cameras are installed, driver’s habits change and the amount of speeding and fines decreases.
The city of Washington D.C. reported speeding fell 90 percent after word got out about its cameras.