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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).
The 50 speed camera locations are not being turned on all at once, but instead camera sites are being activated slowly, methodically and with a decent amount of publicity to get the word out to motorists.
In addition, the city made a wise decision to keep the speed threshold for ticketing higher than what’s legally allowed to give drivers a further chance to become aware of where the cameras are located and hopefully slow down to avoid a ticket.
Chicago has flipped on the switch of a handful of new speed cameras and ticketng has begun at one new location.
On Friday, speed cameras at Schaefer Park (2400 block of N Clybourn Ave.) and Francis Xavier Warde School (at 18 W. Superior) began their mandated 30-day warning period.
On Monday, March 31st, cameras near Portage Park (4100 block of N. Central Ave.) will also begin their month long warning period.
However, the cameras near Jefferson Park on the city’s Northwest Side (5400 block of W. Higgins) have completed their warning period and will begin issuing speeding tickets to drivers starting Sunday, March 30th.
Drivers appear to be hitting the brakes at red lights — leading to a big drop in tickets issued by red-light cameras, city officials said.
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago’s red-light camera program has seen a significant decline in the number of tickets issued.
The city’s 384 red-light cameras issued 579,460 tickets last year — 32,619 fewer than in 2012, representing a 5 percent decline, according to data obtained from the city’s Finance Department.
In fact, the data shows red-light camera tickets have been falling steadily since 2009, when 722,935 tickets were issued, a record at the time after a dramatic expansion of the program a year earlier. The 140,000-ticket drop represents a 20 percent decline since the peak five years ago.
Fewer tickets issued means a potential drop in fine revenue. At $100 a ticket, that translates to an estimated $3.2 million drop in fines issued between 2012 and 2013 and a $14.3 million drop in total fines issued since 2009.
Speed cameras near Lane Tech (2500 W. Addison & 3500 N. Western Ave.) and Currie (4900/5000 S. Pulaski & 4900 S. Archer Ave.) High Schools begin issuing speeding tickets on Sunday, March 16th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Both camera locations had finished their 30-day warning periods and now will be issuing $35 tickets for going 10 mph over the limit or $100 for going 11 mph or faster on school days between 7 AM to 7 PM.
Drivers must vigilant in school zones as the speed limit automatically drops to 20 mph when children are present.
On Monday, March 17th several other speed cameras near parks and schools begin their 30-day warning period.
Since August, Chicago’s 92 speed cameras have only issued $3.7 million in speeding tickets and the city has only collected $1.5 million thus far according to the Sun-Times.
That’s a far cry from the $70 million in speed camera revenue the city had budgeted for in 2013. Revenues from speed cams were supposed to fund school programs and traffic safety enhancements like painting crosswalks, paying for crossing guards and police staffing.
The bottom line data is that motorists are slowing down at most locations with two speed cam zones seeing drops of 97% between the start of the camera’s 30-day warning period and the present. Horner Park (Montrose side) and McKinley Park (on Pershing) both have shown these precipitous drops.
Three more speed camera locations began issuing speeding tickets with monetary fines on Monday according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Automated speed enforcement cameras near Union Park (in the 100 N. block of N. Ogden Avenue), Schaefer Park (and the 2400 block of N. Ashland Avenue) and Rosenblum Park (in the 7400 S. block of Jeffrey Blvd.) have all completed their warning phase and have begin issuing tickets.
At the same time, three other speed camera sites began their 30-day warning phase on Monday including near ICCI Academy (in the 6400/6500 block of W. Belmont Avenue and the 3100 block of N. Narragansett), Parsons Park (4600 block of W. Belmont Avenue) and Sherman Park (5400 block of S. Racine Avenue).
Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th) thinks the signs warning drivers of a speed camera zone are not good enough.
After getting two speed cam warnings in the mail recently, the Sun-Times reports Hairston has introduced a resolution for the Chicago Department of Transportation to provide ““clear distinctive signs and/or striping that indicates that a motorist is approaching a school or park safety zone.”
A dozen of her colleagues signed on to her resolution at last week’s City Council meeting.
A resolution does not carry the same legal weight as an ordinance.
“I didn’t even know I was in a zone. There were no signs at all,” she said. “If I’m driving in an unfamiliar neighborhood, then I’m entitled to notice to be able to comply with the law to be a safe driver in a school zone by reducing my speed. It is not fair for a driver not to have a posted sign allowing them to adjust their speed. That’s why we have speed limits posted — so you know how fast you’re legally allowed to go.”
But CDOT doesn’t seem to be buying Hairston’s complaints.
Chicago’s new speed camera program continues to expand at a rapid rate with more cameras starting ticketing and warning periods next week.
On Monday, March 3rd speed cams near Gage Park (2500 block of W. 55th) and McGuane Park (2900 block of S. Halsted St.) have finished their warning periods and will begin issuing tickets.
While cameras near two schools will begin their 30-day warning period that same day outside of Pickard (2300 block of W. Cermak Rd.) and Burr School (1600 block of N. Ashland Ave.
Drivers near speed cameras issuing tickets are supposed to be fined $35 for going six to ten mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.
On streets near a handful of schools, city speed cameras have started or will start catching fast driving motorists on video according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Speed cams near two South Side schools starting ringing up expensive tickets near St. Rita High School (2600 W. 79th Street) and Morgan Park High School (11100 block of S. Vincennes Ave.) this past Friday, February 21st.
While cameras near St. Genevieve Elementary (4800 block of W. Fullerton Ave.) and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, (3800 block of W. 111th St.) will begin issuing tickets on Tuesday, February 26th.