New speed enforcement camera activated near South Side park following requests from neighborhood

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city of Chicago activated a new speed enforcement camera Sunday.

The new speed camera is located in the 1200-block of West 76th Street at Martin Luther King Junior Park in the city's Gresham neighborhood.

According to the city, it was installed at the request of 17th Ward Alderman David Moore and people in the neighborhood because of concerns about speeding and crashes.

The city's Department of Transportation reported that speeding violations drop by more than half within 90 days of the cameras being turned on.

On March 1, the city implemented a new, lower speed limit violation enforcement for drivers in Chicago.

Under the new rules, tickets can be issued by speed cameras if you're going only six miles per hour over the speed limit.

The automated speed enforcement zones are posted near schools and parks. The city claims the new enforcement comes in response to an increase in speeding and deadly car crashes during the pandemic.

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For vehicles traveling six to 10 miles-per-hour over the speed limit, the fine is $35. For vehicles traveling at 11 miles-per-hour, drivers will get a $100 fine.

From March to June, one camera in Hyde Park alone amassed nearly 23,000 tickets for drivers going 6 to 10 miles over the speed limit and 5,700 tickets for going 11 or more miles over the speed limit, according to a recent I-Team report.

You can also see exact addresses of enforcement zones here. You can find more information about the zones on the city's website as well.
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