The final warning and subsequent speeding tickets from Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras will begin to be issued next week in the Children’s Safety Zones in Marquette Park, McKinley Park and Garfield Park.
The cameras at 3434 W. 71st St., 6909 S. Kedzie Ave. and 6824 S. Kedzie Ave. in the Marquette Park Safety Zone will begin enforcement on Monday, October 21, 2013.
The cameras at 2080 W. Pershing Rd. and 3843 S. Western Blvd. in the McKinley Park Children’s Safety Zone will begin enforcement on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
The camera at 3646 W. Madison St. and 3655 W. Jackson Blvd. in the Garfield Park Children’s Safety Zone will begin enforcement on Friday, October 25, 2013.
The City will start enforcement by only issuing tickets for speeders going 10 or more miles per hour over the posted speed limit. That ticket threshold will gradually be lowered going forward.
Fines for violations are $35 for vehicles travelling 6-10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit while in a safety zone, and $100 for vehicles travelling 11 or more miles over the posted speed limit.
The City plans to equip 50 Children’s Safety Zones around parks and schools with ASE cameras in an effort to increase safety and reduce speeding. Any revenue generated by the program is to be invested in critical safety initiatives including after-school, anti-violence and jobs programs; crossing guards and police officers around schools; and infrastructure improvements, such as additional signs, crosswalk markings and other traffic safety improvements.
The Children’s Safety Zones are designated within 1/8th of a mile from Chicago parks or schools. The City ordinance establishing the program narrows the hours and locations of enforcement that are allowed under state law, and provides for the following:
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