March 5, 2014

Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras To Issue Tickets In Children's Safety Zones Near Three Parks Next Week

New Cameras to Issue Warnings Near Parsons and Sherman Park and Icci Elementary School

Speeding tickets will begin to be issued on Monday, March 10th from Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras in the Children’s Safety Zones near Union, Schaefer and Rosenblum Parks, while the 30-day warning period will begin for the new cameras near Icci Elementary School and Parsons and Sherman Parks.

The ASE cameras at 115 N. Ogden Ave. near Union Park and at 2443 & 2432 N. Ashland Ave. near Schaefer Park and at 7422 S. Jeffery Blvd. near Rosenblum Park have completed the warning phase, and will begin issuing tickets on Monday, March 10th.

On the same day, newly installed ASE cameras at 6443 & 6514 W. Belmont Ave. and 3115 & 3116 N. Narragansett Ave. near Icci Elementary School, at 4620 W. Belmont Ave. near Parsons Park, and at 5420 S. Racine Ave. near Sherman Park, will also begin to issue warnings.

In most locations, one camera system can enforce the speed limit for traffic traveling in both directions. In the Icci zone, Belmont and Narragansett are too wide to rely on one system, necessitating two cameras to accurately enforce traffic traveling in both directions.

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 traveling 6-10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit while in a safety zone, and $100 for vehicles traveling 11 or more miles over the posted speed limit.

The City plans to equip 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:

• The enforcement hours will be limited from 7 am to 7 pm in safety zones around schools on school days (Monday through Friday); 7 am to 4 pm: 20 mph speed limit when children are present; 30 mph speed limit when no children are present 4 pm to 7 pm: 30 mph speed limit

• The enforcement hours around parks will be limited to only those hours parks are open (typically 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week) with a 30 mph speed limit.

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