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Aug 31 / Neal

Watch Your Speed – Mayor Announces Local Cameras

Proposed Chicago Speed Cameras August 2013

Chicago drivers need to drive a little slower according to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.  Yesterday the Mayor announced another 38 locations where cameras will monitor car speeds in addition to the 12 already being installed.  Drivers exceeding the speed limit by 6-10 miles per hour will receive a $35 ticket.  Going more than 10 miles over the posted speed limit will set you back a cool $100.

Galewood.net has created the only interactive map of all the camera locations that we are aware of.

The City is seeking to establish “Child Safety Zones” around parks and schools.  According to the City press release, “Revenue generated by the program will be invested in safety initiatives including after-school programs, anti-violence and jobs programs; crossing guards and police officers around schools; and infrastructure improvements, such as signs, crosswalk markings and other traffic safety improvements.”  The City expects to receive $40-60 million a year in revenue but outside estimates put the number in the $100’s of millions.

Cameras will be located near parks and schools.  The cameras won’t be active 24/7.  Near parks the cameras will operate 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and near schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on schools  days. Speed limits near parks is 30 miles per hour and 20 miles per hour near schools when children are present and 30 miles per hour all other times.

While exact locations are yet to be determined cameras will be installed near Riis Park at 6100 W Fullerton, Prosser Vocational at 2148 N Long, ICCI Academy at 6435 W Belmont and Merrimac Park at 6434 W Irving Park Road.  The cameras appear to be evenly distributed around the city.

 

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