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Category Archives: Speed Cameras

Ald. Beale Proposes Raising Speed Limit To Combat Speed Cameras

50,000 drivers have received speed camera tickets near 127th Street and Eggleston–the site of Major Taylor bike trail.

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and other residents believe the large volume of tickets being issued there can be attributed to what they say is an abrupt change in the speed limit between where drivers exit the Bishop Ford Expressway where the limit is 35 mph and where the speed camera is located a few blocks away where the limit drops to 30.

Residents, Alderman Say South Side Speed Camera A Ticket Trap

Residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood say a new speed camera is not only a blatant speed trap to generate revenue, but is not near a park or school.

According DNA Info, the Mulberry Playlot Park can’t be seen from Archer Avenue, but that didn’t stop the city from installing a red light camera there.

To make things even worse, the speed limit on this busy thoroughfare is set at just 25 mph–five mph lower than the standard city speed limit of 30 mph. Just for reference, the vast majority of main four lane city streets and residential or side streets is 30 mph.

30-Day Warning Periods Begin At 4 New Speed Camera Sites

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

Speed cameras at three new locations will begin issuing warning notices starting Friday, September 5th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The 30-day period will begin for recently installed speed cameras located near Taft High School (5739 N. Northwest Hwy. and 6510 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.), Frazier Elementary School (4042 W. Roosevelt Rd. and the 1100 block of S. Pulaski Rd. and Mulberry Park (6510 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.).

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, September 2nd, a speed camera near Benito Juarez High School (1440 W Cermak Rd.) also began it’s 30-day warning phase.

Fatal Crash Near School Has Residents Asking For Speed Camera

A memorial for Jose Medina sits in front of Goethe Elementary School. Photo credit: Darryl Holiday/DNA Info.

A memorial for Jose Medina sits in front of Goethe Elementary School. Photo credit: Darryl Holiday/DNA Info.

61-year old Jose Medina was killed by a motorist near Goethe Elementary school in May.

Now residents working with Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) are using this incident to bring a speed camera to the side street adjacent to the school according to DNA Info.

The 20 people who met with a representative of the Chicago Department of Transportation discussed a battery of solutions including traffic bump outs, speed bumps and a speed camera on Rockwell the street where parents drop off and pickup their children each day.

New Speed Cameras Coming to 13 Locations Across the City

Contractors bring in the electrical power for a new speed camera near Irving Park and Clark Street.

Contractors bring in the electrical power for a new speed camera near Irving Park and Clark Street.

Slow down drivers: More speed cameras are scheduled to go in across the city soon, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The city announced late last week the locations of 12 new camera locations around schools and parks in six area of the city over the next few months.

A 13th location near Calumet Park, in the 3500 block of East 95th Street, was announced last month. The camera was installed in late June and began its 30-day warning period on June 30.

Group Asks Aldermanic Candidates To Sign Anti-Camera Pledge

Red Light Camera Pledge

With city elections on the horizon for 2015, one local group is asking candidates for Chicago alderman to sign a pledge to vote for repealing the city’s red light and speed camera programs if they get elected.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras announced its new candidate pledge this week as part of their ongoing campaign to inform drivers about the cameras and voters about which aldermen voted for the city’s speed camera program.

“Red light cameras and speed cameras are unsafe, unfair and unconstitutional” said Mark Wallace, Director of the group. “As we continue our campaign to protest Aldermen who voted in favor of Chicago’s speed camera ordinance, we also want to recognize those elected officials who are championing our cause to ban the cams in Chicago,” said Wallace.

Red Light, Speed Cam Protest Gets Loud Response From Drivers

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

Manned with signs and fliers on all four corners of the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., approximately 15 protestors opposed to red light and speed camera enforcement elicited loud and positive responses Saturday afternoon from supportive drivers.

Only one person riding a Divvy bike expressed opposition shouting at the protestors to “just obey the law.”

This was just the most recent stop on the citywide tour of a joint protests being held by Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty.

Cars and trucks stopped or passing through the Northside intersection near Wrigley Field honked and yelled out their support for the protestors.

That particular intersection is home to both a red light camera and a speed camera located a half block east on Irving Park.

Anti-Camera Groups To Protest Dog Park Speed Cameras Saturday

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

Anti-red light/speed camera groups will be on the North Side Saturday to protest the city’s traffic camera policies–and in particular bring attention to a speed camera that protects dogs and not children.

Members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be protesting at the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Road between 11 AM and 2 PM.

This location has both a red light camera and a nearby speed camera just east on Irving Park Rd. which is situated between two cemeteries and near the entrance to a dog park.

The speed camera there is within 1/8th of a mile from the entrance to Challenger Park, but park is actually a dog run and is 3/8ths of a mile of parking lot from Irving Park Rd.

ABC 7 Catches Cook County President Preckwinkle’s Motorcade Piling Up Speed Camera Tickets

First it was Mayor Emanuel. Now it’s Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Two weeks ago, ABC 7 reporter Ben Bradley ran the license plates on the Mayor’s motorcade and found out those two vehicles had racked up 17 red light camera tickets and/or speed camera warnings.

Monday night, Bradley had Preckwinkle in his sights. Or at least the vehicle which drivers her around.

Anti-Camera Group To Hold Northside Protest Saturday

Red light  camera protest signChicago’s red light camera program has been the focus of a lot of attention the past few weeks.

ABC 7 did an expose of the driving habits of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade racking up 17 red light camera violations or speed camera warnings over the past few years. Then this week, the U.S. Attorney indicted the former Chicago Department of Transportation manager who oversaw the city’s red light camera program for bribery.

Now this Saturday, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be holding an anti-camera enforcement protest in Lincoln Park at the busy intersection of Fullerton & Ashland.

This particular Northside intersection is one of a handful citywide which boasts both red light camera and speed camera enforcement nearby.