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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).
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.