Evanston Considering Speed Cameras
According to the Evanston Patch, despite improving safety trends in the town on Chicago’s northern border, some aldermen there feel speed cameras could bring even more safety to their city.
There’s already a committee considering a whole slew of traffic safety improvements including sidewalk bump outs, reducing the speed limit to 25 mph on major thoroughfares, installing dynamic speed displays and other methods besides speed cams.
This committee will report to the Evanston City Council its finding and recommendations in August.
There’s only one problem.
Evanston, at least as state law stands now, can’t legally utilize speed camera enforcement.
In fact, no municipality except Chicago can.
State law only gives cities with populations over 1 million residents the ability to use this type of traffic enforcement.
However, as this website reported back in March, there is a bill in the Illinois General Assembly which would allow more towns in Illinois to adopt speed camera enforcement. But, since being introduced in late February, the bill has stalled in the Illinois State Senate.
Until then, using speed cameras in Evanston is just a theoretical exercise.
Here’s Evanston Patch’s full report, “Evanston Considers Speed Cameras Among New Pedestrian Safety Measures.”