Category Archives: Speed Cameras
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that speed camera warnings will be issued at two newly installed locations.
Speed cameras near Challenger Dog Park (1142 W. Irving Park Rd.) and Washington Park (536 E. Morgan Dr.) began their 30-day warning period Friday where drivers exceeding the speed limit by six miles per hour will receive warning letters in the mail.
Once the 30-day warning period is over, there will be another two week period to make sure drivers who were mailed warnings receive them in the mail before tickets with fines attached begin being issued.
Lead-footed drivers that drive through or by Humboldt Park (3100 W. Augusta Blvd.), Douglas Park (2900 W. Ogden Ave.) and Major Taylor Trail Park (445 W. 127th St.) need to slow down or pay up.
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday that speed cameras at those three parks will stop issuing warnings and begin issuing $35 and $100 tickets beginning on Saturday, November 30th.
But, despite the city’s legal authority to issue tickets for drivers going as low as 6 mph over the speed limit, CDOT says it will only issue tickets for vehicles traveling 10 mph or more over the posted limit. That threshold will be lowered over time according to CDOT, but no firm time frame for this was given.
Parked on a street near a speed camera was enough to get one driver a speed camera warning notice according to the Chicago Tribune.
The driver, received a warning notice for her parked car getting clocked going 37 miles per hour. Confused, she checked the online video and saw that her car sitting still while another car speed past in the opposite direction.
The incident upset her enough that she reached out to the newspaper to share her story.
Shortly after that, ATS techs installed the actual speed camera.
The speed camera was assigned to Challenger Park–a park that seems to defy the definition of what most people understand a park to be. That’s at least within the context of the city’s Children’s Safety Zone Program, which rationalized bringing speed cameras to the city to reduce the number of child pedestrians struck by cars in Chicago every year.
Nine cameras near four city parks (Gompers, McKinley, Garfield, and Marquette) began issuing speed camera tickets with monetary fines between $35 and $100 between October 16th and October 22nd.
According to CDOT, speeding events have dropped by nearly two-thirds between the first of warnings and the third week in ticketing.
After the cameras were first installed back in late August and early September, warnings were issued for a period of 30 days. CDOT says each camera issued an average 507 warnings per day in the first week of operation. But by the third week of issuing tickets, violations for exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more had dropped to just 175 per day.
7 More Speed Cam Locations Start Ticketing By End Of Month
Three new speed camera locations at Washington, Douglas and Legion Parks began issuing tickets with monetary fines beginning Monday according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The three locations had issued warning notices for a 30 day period which was followed by a two-week period where no warnings were issued to insure all warnings were received in the mail by speeding drivers.
Although the law allows for $35 tickets to be issued for vehicles exceeding the speed limit between 6-10 miles per hour, and $100 fines for going 11 mph or more, the city will initially only issue tickets for drivers going 10 mph over the limit. The city says this speed threshold will gradually be lowered but gave no time frame for this.
CDOT also announced another four speed camera locations will start their ticketing phase by the end of November. This includes cameras at Abbott Park which will begin issuing violations next Monday, November 25th and at Humboldt, Major Taylor Park and another location in Douglas Park will start ticketing Saturday, November 30th.
Drivers honked, waved and some even stopped to sign petitions in the 4200 block of North Foster Avenue Saturday afternoon in the shadow of the city’s very first speed camera adjacent to Gompers Park.
A small group of about 15 protestors from the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, along with members of the Cook County Campaign for Liberty and National Motorists Associationlined both sides of Foster holding signs and waving to the many honking cars from 12-3 Saturday.
“Lots of people are waving and honking in support,” said organization founder Mark Wallace, a real estate developer and radio host of WVON 1690 AM. “We’ve only had two people in favor of the cameras but most people support our position.”
The group, based out of the city’s South Side, is mounting a petition campaign to get a referendum on the ballot to stop the city’s 10-year old red light camera program and brand new speed camera program.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras is holding a demonstration against the city’s automated camera enforcement programs Saturday November 9th beginning at noon at Gompers Park, 4222 West Foster Avenue–the location of the city’s first speed cam.
“The group will be calling for the immediate removal of all red and speed cameras throughout the city of Chicago,” says Kimberly Robinson via press release. “C.A.R.L.C. believe that the city’s red and speed light camera program is a violation of its citizen’s constitutional rights and is designed solely to increase the city’s financial coffers.”
Conservative columnist Dennis Byrne really, really, really likes speed cameras.
In fact, within about a two week span, he’s devoted two posts/columns about his adoration for Chicago’s newest automated traffic camera enforcement program.
His first blog post essentially says he doesn’t care if the program is used for revenue. Byrne uses the standard “speeders are evil” line and therefore reasons a cash grab from those horrible people is only fair.
But then Byrne took his cheerleading for the speed cams one step further in a column in the Tribune where he pushes the concept of putting speed cameras on area expressways.
License plate covers, sprays and GPS warning devices may be methods for drivers to utilize to prevent expensive speed camera tickets.
CBS 2 reporter Brad Edwards looks into which methods may work…or don’t work in his report.
Here’s the full CBS 2 story, “License Plate Covers, Phone Apps Can Help You Evade Speed Cameras.”