Saturday, August 31, 2013


The Chicago Department of Transportation announced the 50 school and park zones where cameras will monitor speeding motorists Friday. Technically, CDOT announced the other 38, since they announced the first 12 locations earlier this month and cameras are being tested at Gompers, Garfield, Marquette and Washington Parks. CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein made the usual statements about how “The Children’s Safety Zone Program protects children and other pedestrians by reminding motorists to slow down and obey speed laws - particularly in school and park zones.” Revenue generated from the program will be invested in safety initiatives including afterschool 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. That's a lot of money for "Safe Passage" signs. The Sun-Times broke down the locations and found the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood will be home to five by year end. This will balance out as more locations receive cameras. For now, slow down on the Northwest Side. Once the cameras are set up and tested a 30-day grace period will go into effect where motorists will be issued warnings if they're caught driving above the speed limit. After that, fines will be issued.
(full list below)

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