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South Side Speed Camera Protest Set For Saturday

Red light  camera protest signIt’s supposed to be rainy Saturday.

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.

Lower Than Expected Speed Camera Tickets Hurting City Budget

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.

Group Plans Thursday Protest Of Controversial Speed Camera

Scott Davis hands out anti-red light camera fliers to interested drivers at a recent protest.

Scott Davis hands out anti-red light camera fliers to interested drivers at a recent protest.

Southwest Side drivers say the speed camera on Archer Ave. near Ashland Ave. is about protecting children or pedestrians but just about making money.

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.

ABC 7: Speed Cameras Issues Mayor’s Motorcade 8 More Tickets

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.

Money or Safety? Drivers Complain About Speed Camera Placement

 

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.

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.