Chicago Announces Speed Camera Test Sites
The month long tests, being used to evaluate the technology of a previously reported two finalist vendors in the bidding process for the city’s speed camera program, will begin Monday December 3rd and end on Thursday, January 3rd.
The good news for drivers is no tickets will be issued during this test period.
“All this is, is a test of the equipment,” explained Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson Pete Scales. “It’s just one phase of the RFP (Request for proposal) process.”
In the spirit of how the speed cameras were first touted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the four locations include intersections near two parks and two schools.
- McKinley Park, at approximately 2223 W. Pershing Road
- Warren Park, at approximately 6541 N. Western Ave
- Dulles Elementary School, at approximately 6340 S. King Drive
- Near North Montessori School, at approximately 1446 W. Division
Scales says he believes part of the reason these particular sites were selected was to spread the locations around the city geographically.
According to the press release from the Office for Emergency Management and Communications says the test will include both mobile and permanent speed camera systems, signs will be posted at each test intersection and the cameras will be removed after the test period is complete.
“A variety of factors determined the test locations,” says the press release. “Including location within a safety zone, frequency of speed related crashes, and ease of accessibility to power.”
Scales believes, once a final vendor is chosen in early 2013, the first speed cameras will be in operation and issuing violations sometime in the first three months of 2013.
Although drivers will still receive a warning for their first offense, subsequent violations will cost drivers exceeding the speed limit between 6-10 mph $35 or $100 for motorists exceeding the speed limit by over 11 mph.