Speed camera testing begins in Chicago
50 new speeding cameras are being installed and tested near schools and parks throughout Chicago and will go live in a few weeks.
The zones are designated as within 1/8th of a mile from Chicago parks or schools.
The first 12 locations have been determined. They are:
- Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
- Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave.
- Washington Park, 5531 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
- Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.
- Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Humboldt Dr.
- Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento
- Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer Ave.
- McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
- Jones High School, 606 S. State St.
- Legion Park, 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
- Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St. Chicago
- Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St.
The Dept of Transportation claims the cameras that capture video and still pictures of violators should reduce speeds by 75-90%.
According to the DOT, roughly 3,000 crashes happen in Chicago annually between motor vehicles and pedestrians. About 800 of those involve children. A pedestrian hit by a car traveling 20 mph – the speed in a school zone – has a 95 percent chance of living. That same person hit by a car traveling more than 40 mph has an 80 percent chance of dying, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Drivers will get a warning first, then a $35 ticket for a 2nd offense. Anyone going 11 miles over the limit is looking at a $100 ticket. And posted signs will put all drivers on notice.
Because of number of speeders, the city stands to make a lot of money. initially $30 million a year was projected. New numbers in a test pilot show it could be hundreds of millions of dollars.
Some driver question Mayor Emanuel motivations asking if it is a safety measure or a money grab for a city soon staring at a billion dollar deficit?
Fines can be appealed, but if you ignore them, you get reported to the Secretary of State’s Office and it gets deducted from your income taxes.