Speed Camera Testing Begins At Four Park Locations
Testing of the Chicago’s first automated speed enforcement cameras, installed near four parks, began Saturday according to city officials.
Technicians for the city’s new speed camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions, will be testing the newly installed units including the high intensity flash units, for approximately the next two weeks says the Chicago Department of Transportation.
No fines or even warnings will be issued during the testing phase. Once testing is completed, speeding motorists caught by the speed cameras, will be sent warnings in the mail for the first month the unit is operational. CDOT says speed violation warnings will begin being issued by the end of August.
“To ensure the accuracy and reliability of the automated speed enforcement cameras,
each system will be thoroughly tested before being activated for enforcement,” said
CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. “Once testing is complete, the 30-day warning period
The new speed cameras began being installed this past week and testing will start at the following four locations:
- Gompers Park (at 4124 W. Foster Ave. and 5119 N. Pulaski Rd.);
- Garfield Park (at 3790 W. Madison St. and 3694 W. Jackson Blvd.);
- Washington Park at 5530 S. Cottage Grove Ave. and 534 E. Morgan Dr.);
The city expects to install 50 speed cameras by the end of this year and estimates revenue of between $15-20 million for just the last four months of 2013.
Fines for speed camera violations will be $35 for speeding 6-10 mph over the limit or $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.
Enforcement around parks will run seven days a week from 6 AM to 11 PM, while cameras around schools will enforce Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.
The city believes speed cameras will improve traffic safety by reducing the speed of traffic accidents and therefore decreasing the severity of injuries sustained in a crash.
The city says it will use revenues from speed cameras for safety-related initiatives including after school programs, crossing guards and police officers, and infrastructure improvements like painting crosswalk markings and erecting traffic signs.