Speed Cameras Coming to Chicago

On Monday, Governor Quinn signed the bill allowing the City of Chicago to use speed cameras to catch drivers who don't comply with the posted speed limits. What does this mean for you?

SPEEDS AND FINES

If you are recorded going as little as 6-10 miles over the speed limit, you will be fined $50.

If you are recorded going 11 or more over the speed limit, you will be fined $100

No actual law enforcement officer has to be present when you are speeding but you will be able to see your violation on a video online

FAILURE TO PAY

Up to $100 late fee

The Secretary of State will suspend your drivers license as a result of 5 unpaid violations

IS IT A CRIME?

No. This is is a civil violation and will not go on your driving record

WHERE AND WHEN THE CAMERAS OPERATE

Up to 1/8 of a mile from school property lines, 6 am - 8:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and 6 am - 9 pm on Fridays.

Up to 1/8 of a mile from park district property lines, one hour prior to and one hour after the park district property is open to patrons

Lake Shore Drive and any highways with 8 or more lanes are excluded from having speed cameras

DEFENSE

If you are pulled over and ticketed for speeding within 1/8 of a mile and within 15 minutes of the violation occurring

If you were going 1-4 mph over the speed limit

SIGNS

Signs must be posted which warn of the camera ahead and must be posted for 30 days before they may be used

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