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Illinois Ranks 10th For Speed Traps Says Pro-Motorist Group

NMA Speed trap graphic

Illinois has a lot of speed traps.

According to the National Motorists Association, Illinois ranks 10th in the nation for speed traps with 477 reported locations.

Texas ranked number one in the U.S. with 1,383 speed trap locations followed by California with 1,076.

The NMA compiled the lists of the worst states for speed traps from data reported to their National Speed Trap Exchange for the last five years.

City Speed Cameras Rack Up $58 Million In Fines So Far

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

Chicago’s speed cameras are helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel get a little bit closer to closing the city’s budget gap, one violation at a time.

DNA Info’s comprehensive look at the city’s year and a half old automated camera program show’s the cameras have issued nearly 1.6 million violations with fines totaling nearly $58 million dollars since the first cameras began issuing tickets in October 2013.

Every day, nearly 3,000 motorists are hit with a speed cam ticket issued at 142 camera locations near parks and schools, and averaging fine revenue for the city of about $109,000 per day.

Warnings Start Wednesday For Gage Park Speed Cameras

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

Speed cameras in the Gage Park neighborhood will begin issuing warnings for the next 30-days starting Wednesday,  January 7th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The three cameras are located near St. Gall Elementary School in the 5500 block of  S. Kedzie and 3200 block of W. 55th street.

During the 30-day period notices will be mailed to vehicle owners traveling more than five mph over the 20 mph school speed limit on school days (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 7 AM to 4 PM–but only when children are present.

70 MPH Speed Limit Coming To Illinois Tollway As Illinois House Overrides Governor’s Veto

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis

The vote wasn’t even close.

100 Illinois State Representatives voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois Tollways Wednesday in Springfield. Only 11 voted against the override, with one abstention.

The Illinois Senate had completed its part of the override on November 21st, with a similarly overwhelming vote of 44-5-1.

Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the bill’s sponsor, along with advocates to raise the speed limit to 70, have contended the law will reduce crashes and improve safety as it brings the posted speed limit in line with the speed at which motorists are already driving on the tollways. They cite research and studies which show the differential in speeds between those drivers obeying the speed limit and others driving at higher speeds which leads to more serious crashes.

Traffic studies done by the Illinois Tollway Authority and outside groups have found speeds on most segments of that roadway are averaging around 70 mph.

Illinois Senate Passes Veto Override Of 70 MPH Bill

70 MPH signOn Thursday in Springfield, the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly 44-5-1 to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill that will raise the speed limit on Illinois Tollways to 70 mph.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), has been trying to raise the speed limit on Illinois expressways for the past two years with some success.

“The Governor is fond of saying ‘Let the will of the people be the law of the land,’ yet he was quick to veto legislation that was sponsored by 36 Senators representing Chicago, suburban and downstate areas of Illinois,” Oberweis said Thursday. “And today, a majority of my colleagues in the Senate joined me in overriding the Governor’s veto.”

A bill signed by Quinn in 2013 was supposed to increase the speed limit on all expressways–including the tollway and Chicago area expressways–at least according to Oberweis who authored the bill.

Illinois Traffic Fatalities Down Due To 70 MPH Speed Limit?

70 MPH signThe good news is traffic fatalities on Illinois roads are down according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In fact, there have been only 341 fatalities so far this year compared to this time last year–74 less.

The first half of this year is coincidentally the first six months the speed limit has been raised in some places from 65 to 70 mph.

A reporter for Springfield’s NPR radio station WUIS tries to link these two facts, implying the higher speed limit is helping reduce fatalities. Critics of the higher speed limit claimed it would increase traffic deaths.

Drunk Arrested Driving 118 MPH On I-55

118 mph is pretty darn fast.

That’s how fast Nathaniel F. Stainck was allegedly going on I-55 near Channahon in the Southwest suburbs according to the Illinois State Police.

Mr. Stainck is in a lot of trouble according to ABC News. Not only was he charged with going more than 40 mph over the limit, but he was also charged with DUI, disobeying a traffic control device and for driving without his license.

But, Stainck had a little bit of luck that night as he was pulled over just before entering a construction zone where the potential fines would be even higher if he was caught driving 118 through there.

Here’s the complete story from ABC News, “Dwight man charged with drunken driving at 118 mph on I-55.”

City Debuts More Speed Camera Sites Issuing Warnings, Tickets

A sign warns drivers of  speed cameras nearby.

A sign warns drivers of speed cameras nearby.

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.

Quinn Puts Brakes On 70 MPH Limit Push In Chicago Senator Says

Signs along Chicagoland expressways will  not go up to 65 or 70 mph despite Sen. Oberweis' efforts to clarify a new law he sponsored.

Signs along Chicagoland expressways will not go up to 65 or 70 mph despite Sen. Oberweis’ efforts to clarify a new law he sponsored.

The speed limit on Chicago area expressways won’t be going up to 70 or even 65 mph anytime soon–at least not until we get a Republican governor says Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis (R).

That’s because, according to the Sun-Times, Oberweis’ move to have the recent law he spearheaded to raise the speed limit on all state expressways also apply to Chicago and other urban expressways, got voted down 2-1 in a Senate panel.

The vote was along party lines with Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park and Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago voted against it citing “safety concerns.”

“I believe they were under strong encouragement from someone in the Governor’s office,” Oberweis told the Expired Meter via e-mail.

City Announces More Speed Camera Activations, Ticketing

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

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).