Chicago speed cameras now issuing warning tickets

August 26, 2013 3:53:30 PM PDT
Chicago's first speed cameras are now issuing warning tickets to drivers who are caught going to fast near schools and parks.

The first cameras are on the city's Northwest Side near Gompers Park. They'll issue warning tickets to anyone going faster than 30 mph on Pulaski or Foster. Fines will kick in after 30 days.

"I do about 30 miles an hour and cars are passing me by and I did see them put up a light there so eventually it's gonna slow down the traffic hopefully," Gary Williams said.

The city plans to have cameras up near 50 parks and schools by the end of the year. The city said the cameras create safety zones for children.

"I question where they're at because they're supposed to be for children and keeping them safe with parks and things and where these are located, there's not a school," Karen Olsen, driver, said.

After the warning period is over, drivers who exceed the speed limit by 6 to 10 miles per hour will get a $35 ticket in the mail. Drivers going 11 or more miles per hour over the limit will be fined $100.

Test runs of speed cameras last year found so many violations that the city stands to make tens of millions of dollars in revenue once all the cameras are up and running throughout the city.

"It's revenue for the city, but at the same time if you're following the law, you shouldn't have to worry," Mike Henry, driver, said.

If the frequent flashing of the camera light is any indication, dozens of people can expect warnings in the mail.


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