Next time you think no ones watching you speed, think again. Chicago has now officially launched its new speed camera system. As the weeks go by, more speed cameras will have their grace periods expire, and will transition into Enforcement Mode where real tickets will be given for speed violations.
According to Chicagos Department of Transportation Commissioner, Gabe Klein, the year-end goal is to have 20 of these speed cameras in operation. Bill McCaffrey says differently. His estimated quota is 100 or more. At least nine are already up.
The city was kind enough to grant the public a 45-day grace period. Throughout that time, almost 223,000 warnings were distributed to violating patrons. Imagine if those had been real tickets! The revenue from the speed cameras would have been more than $13,000,000 just for that short time frame.
With fines being placed at $35-$100, there is somewhat a debate about why Chicago has decided to add these speed cameras. Some people think the real reason behind them is money. Ultimately, what I would like to see is zero revenueThats absolutely not why were doing this. Klein stated.
Within the first two weeks of the first cameras being up, there was a 43% drop in how many warnings were needed to be given. This shows that the posts have been efficient in helping keep speeders at bay.
Either way, whether they bring in extra revenue for the city, or less speeding on the streets, it seems these speed cameras will benefit Chicago one way or the other.
As we know, speeding is a dangerous practice and often causes horrific accidents, sometimes leading to death. Remember to give GWC a call if youre ever a victim in an accident caused by speeding. We want to hear your story.