Speed camera testing begins in Chicago

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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.

A detailed list of the locations can be found here (pdf)

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.

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1 Comment

  • Marcus

    This is a money grab plain and simple. I’d seriously question some of the data represented. Also 50 fatalities per year in a city with 3 million people in it is already extremely safe by any standard. That’s not even 1 percent of the population. If you want to use statistics you could say that 99.999% of the time speeding is completely safe!