More speed cameras entering enforcement mode

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More of Chicago’s speed cameras will start issuing tickets this week.

The cameras around Marquette Park will switch to “enforcement mode” Monday.

The same will happen at McKinley Park Tuesday and at Garfield Park on Friday.

Drivers caught going eleven miles-per-hour over the speed limit will get a warning for the first offense.

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But a second offense will mean a $100 fine.

Enforcement hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in school safety zones and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., everyday near parks.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Deputy Transportation Commissioner Scott Kubly said the city initially would not issue the lower-cost tickets to drivers going 6 to 10 mph over the limit, though the new law allows it.

Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey says the city’s goal is to have more than 100 cameras working by the end of the year.

Cameras at Gompers Park were switched to enforcement mode last Wednesday.
The cameras were running under a 45-day grace period before that.

Nine cameras near four parks issued 222,843 warning violations during that time.

That would have meant $13.3 million in fines, if the cameras were in enforcement mode.

Cameras installed at Douglas, Legion, Washington, Humboldt and Major Taylor parks and at Prosser High School are in their 30-day warning phase.

They will start issuing tickets after the grace period ends.

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