The City of Chicago has initiated a new Automated Speed Enforcement System throughout areas designated as safety zones. These zones include areas around public and private schools and areas surrounding parks. Vehicle speeds are now being photo-enforced on these roadways and owners of vehicles will be subject to the following penalties: $35 if the recorded speed is 6 or more miles over the applicable speed limit, but less than 11 miles over such speed limit; or $100 if the recorded speed is 11 or more miles per hour over the applicable speed limit.
The Automated Speed Enforcement System uses photographic, radar, laser and other electrical or mechanical devices to record the speed of a vehicle and captures photographs or records images of a vehicle and the vehicle’s registration plate that violates this new law. Violations recorded in the first 30 days of a camera’s installation will receive a warning notice. In addition to the warning notice provided, each license plate will receive one warning notice per license plate.
Chicago experiences approximately 3,000 crashes annually between motor vehicles and pedestrians, about 800 of which involve children.