Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras To Issue Tickets In Children's Safety Zones Near Ogden Plaza Park

June 27, 2014

New Cameras to Issue Warnings Near Calumet Park

Speeding tickets will begin to be issued next week from Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras in the Children’s Safety Zones near Ogden Plaza Park, while the 30-day warning period will begin for the new cameras near Calumet Park.

The ASE cameras at 449 & 450 N. Columbus Dr. near Odgen Plaza Park have completed the warning phase, and will begin issuing tickets on Tuesday, July 1st.

On Monday, June 30th, newly installed ASE cameras near Calumet Park, at 3535 & 3542 E. 95th St., will begin to issue warnings for a 30-day period. In most locations, one camera system can enforce the speed limit for traffic traveling in both directions.

In both of these zones, the streets 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.

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