Speed Cameras coming soon to Chicago

Speed cameras will be coming soon to the street by Chicago schools and parks under a new law signed today by Governor Quinn.

The text of the new law can be found here.

According to the Chicago Tribune:  “the ‘safety zones’ where cameras could operate would cover nearly half the city.”

If you are detected going 6 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, you would receive a fine of $50; if you are over 10 miles an hour, you would be fined $100.

These speeding citations would not go on your driving record; however, if you rack up five or more unpaid tickets your driver’s license would be suspended.

Is this about safety?  According to the Tribune: “Red-light cameras generated $69 million for the city in 2010, and speed cameras likely would grow that number considerably…[The Tribune’s] analysis of federal data on crashes showed that Emanuel’s proposal would have a limited impact on reducing fatalities. Of the 251 pedestrian deaths in the city between 2005 and 2009, fewer than half occurred in the “safety zones” and less than one-quarter of those involved speeding.”

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