Category Archives: Speed Cameras
Six weeks ahead of Chicago’s 2015 municipal elections, nearly 50 candidates for alderman or mayor have signed a pledge to vote to eliminating the city’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs if elected.
Anti-camera group, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, sent a letter to every candidate running for alderman or mayor in the upcoming election asking them to sign their pledge to “Abolish Unfair Photo Enforcement in Chicago”.
A total of 46 candidates from 30 Wards have signed the group’s pledge which includes six sitting alderman: Bob Fioretti (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Leslie Hairston (5th), Roderick Sawyer (6th), Anthony Beale (9th, Chairman of Transportation Committee) and Toni Foulkes (15th running in 16th).
Speed cameras in the Gage Park neighborhood will begin issuing warnings for the next 30-days starting Wednesday, January 7th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The three cameras are located near St. Gall Elementary School in the 5500 block of S. Kedzie and 3200 block of W. 55th street.
During the 30-day period notices will be mailed to vehicle owners traveling more than five mph over the 20 mph school speed limit on school days (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 7 AM to 4 PM–but only when children are present.
Europe has a lot of speed cameras.
Where red light cameras are the most used type of automated camera enforcement method used in the U.S., speed cameras are the cams dujour in Europe.
And people don’t like them.
Some set fire to them. Others knock them down or use spray paint to obscure the camera lens.
But video prankster Remi Gaillard just mocks the cameras by dressing up in a big box that resembles a speed cam unit and setting off a flash when cars drive by.
And, to paraphrase Chicagoist who tipped us off to this video, it’s all fun and games until the cops show up.
Watch and laugh.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, the local organization opposed to both red light and speed camera enforcement, is making a return trip to the 27th ward this Saturday.
The group has spent the past year protesting at traffic camera sites located in the wards of city council members who voted for the city’s speed camera program.
The group’s first protest this year was in Alderman Walter Burnett’s 27th ward. Burnett was a supporter of speed cameras.
But with the announcement that Burnett, Chairman of the Committee for Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will hold hearings about the problems with Chicago’s red light camera program, the group felt it appropriate to return.
But a little rain won’t be enough to deter the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras from protesting Saturday afternoon on the city’s South Side.
The group, which has held quite a number of protests against both red light and speed cameras at locations across the city the past year and a half.
Saturday they’ll be holding signs and handing out fliers at the intersection of 63rd and Martin Luther King Drive from 11 AM until 2 PM.
The group wants area drivers to know Willie Cochran, the alderman for the 20th ward where the cameras are located. As a member of the Chicago City Council, Cochran voted for the speed cameras two years ago.
Their hope is they can convince the alderman to sign their pledge to repeal the city’s lucrative red light and speed camera programs.
The good news is: Wary Chicago drivers are slowing down near speed cameras.
The bad news is: the lower than expected fines from speed cameras is hurting Mayor Emanuel’s ability to balance the budget according to CBS 2 News.
A few dozen people upset over a speed camera recently installed on Archer Avenue near Paulina came out for an evening protest on Thursday, October 2nd according to Progress Illinois.
Cars driving by honked in support at the protestors holding signs calling for the elimination of all speed and red light cameras within the city.
The location has outraged residents in the area as well as Alderman George Cardenas (12th) because of the lack of both children and pedestrians near a small, little used playlot not within view of the speed cam. Cardenas wants the city to move the camera to a more effective location–one with more kids and pedestrians.
But now the uproar has got the attention of Citizens to Ban Red Light Cameras, a group dedicated to eliminating both red light and speed cameras from Chicago’s streets.
Despite a pledge his motorcade drivers would slow down and obey the law in late spring, ABC 7 News is reporting the vehicles used to transport Mayor Rahm Emanuel have racked up another eight more red light or speed camera violations.
Four months ago ABC 7 reported the Mayor’s two vehicle motorcade had been ticketed nearly two dozen times for speed camera, red light camera and parking tickets.
At the time the Mayor said that no one was above the law and that he is instructing his drivers to slow down. But less than an hour after he uttered those words one of his vehicles was caught on camera near Douglas Park going 12 miles over the speed limit.
Here’s ABC 7′s full report, “I-Team: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade caught by city cameras – again.“
It’s that ol’ speed camera “revenue versus safety” argument being discussed in this piece by NBC 5.
One driver complained, despite driving as she describes as “extra, extra slow” she was hit with five speed camera tickets in less than a month near Legion Park in the 3100 block of West Peterson.