Chicago Speed Camera Testing Begins Today
The test, which begins December 3rd and runs through January 3rd, is for the two finalist automated camera enforcement companies in the city’s speed camera bid process, to show off their respective technologies over the next 30 days. All cameras during the testing phase will be taken down after the test period has finished.
The two vendors, American Traffic Solutions and Xerox owned ACS, each have cameras installed at four locations near schools or parks.
No citations for drivers exceeding the posted speed limit or traveling beyond the 20 mph school zone speed limit when children are present.
The testing will allow the city to evaluate each company’s technology to see which bests fits the bid specifications. CDOT officials believe the contract will be awarded and the first speed cameras actually issuing violations will take place in the first quarter of 2013.
When the city’s speed camera program becomes operational drivers will 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.
Below are the four locations where testing will take place:
- 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