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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
County State’s Attorney Stops East St. Louis “Speed Camera” Program
Speed camera enforcement is only legal in one city in Illinois–and that’s Chicago.
But that didn’t stop East St. Louis.
The city hired a private company to help them start issuing $240 camera tickets to drivers allegedly speeding in construction zones.
But now, after many complaints the St. Clair State’s Attorney stepped in and told the East St. Louis Police Department to discontinue the practice according to KDSK TV.
The Police Chief claims they are legal, but was forced to non-suit a bunch of these tickets recently because the State’s Attorney says these tickets are not being adjudicated by a judge but by an administrative law officer.
H/T: Stephen Donaldson
Palos Hills To Install New Red Light Camera
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.
In a wide-ranging piece, WGN TV News takes a hard look at Chicago’s freshly minted speed camera program to find out if the program is about safety or generating revenue for the city.
Reporter Jackie Bange only had to venture a few blocks from the TV station’s Bradley Place studios to come across a pair of speed cameras. The cameras, catching speeders on Addison and Western Avenue adjacent to Lane Tech High School are walking distance from WGN.
Howard Brookins, Alderman of the 21st Ward.
Brookins is the focus of this Saturday, Mary 3rd’s protest against speed cameras and red light cameras at 95th and Ashland Avenue from 11 AM – 2 PM by a group opposed to this type of automated traffic enforcement.
The Citzens to Abolish Red Light Cameras–a group opposed to the cameras is using the speed camera location to bring attention to the fact that Brookins voted in support of the city’s speed cam program in 2012.
This is the third of many such protests planned by the group ahead of next year’s city elections. Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras is planning protests in the wards of city council members who supported the speed camera program and passing out fliers to remind voters of these alderman’s position on the issue.
CDOT says the speed cams near Pickard School (2300 block of W. Cermak) and near Burr Elementary (1600 block of N. Ashland) have both finished their warning phase and will start issuing speeding tickets on Wednesday, April 16th.
While the 30-day warning period will start Monday, April 14th outside of Columbus Park (500 block of S. Central Avenue) and near Ogden Plaza Park (300 block of E. Illinois Street).