Mayor Emanuel is removing red light cameras from 18 intersections.
The city says it will remove cameras from those intersections because they had a total crash rate of less than one percent.
“For the first time ever the city’s looked at it, given the new information, and made the decision to remove them,” Mayor Emanuel told reporters today. “I am clear, though, as it relates to the speed cameras, we’re going to roll those out in our parks and in our schools to protect our children in the same way, to work as a deterrent for people that are speeding.”
The cameras won’t be removed until January of next year. The 18 intersections where red-light cameras will be removed are:
- Osceola and Touhy Avenues
- Kedzie and Devon Avenues
- Harlem and Higgins Avenues
- Sheridan Road and Hollywood Avenue
- Austin and Belmont Avenues
- Cicero and Belmont Avenues
- Halsted and Belmont Avenues
- California and North Avenues
- Wells and North Avenues
- Kostner Avenue and Division Street
- Clark Street and Cermak Road
- California Avenue and 35th Street
- California Avenue and 47th Street
- Pulaski Road and 71st Street
- Wentworth Avenue and 65th Street
- Racine Avenue and 79th Street
- 79th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue
- Stony Island Avenue and 89th Street
The city will also start issuing tickets of up to $100 for people caught by automated speed cameras in other locations after the 30-day warning period ended last week.