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Chicago Unveils Locations for 12 New Speed Cameras

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    In the next few months, Chicago will have 12 more speed cameras near parks and schools.

    The Chicago Department of Transportation announced the new locations Thursday, as part of what the city calls the Children's Safety Zone Program.

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    Cameras will be installed near the following locations: 

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    • Taft High School, 6545 W. Hurlbut St.
    • Ashmore Playlot Park, 4807 W. Gunnison St.
    • Beverly Park, 2460 W. 102nd St.
    • Chicago Vocational High School, 2100 E. 87th St.
    • Loop Lab School, 318 W. Adams St.
    • Wicker Park 1425 N. Damen Ave.
    • Keystone Park, 1655 N. Keystone Ave.
    • Frazier International Magnet School, 4027 W. Grenshaw St.
    • St. Gall Elementary School, 5515 S. Sawyer Ave.
    • Foster Park, 1400 W. 84th St.
    • Dulles Elementary School, 6311 S. Calumet Ave.
    • Mulberry Park, 3150 S. Robinson Ct.

    “We are pleased with the dramatic impact the Children’s Safety Zone Program has made to reduce speeding and improve safety,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said in a statement. “The whole goal of this program is making it safer for children and families to walk to school or go to the park, and clearly we’re making real strides toward that goal.”

    City ordinance dictates $35 fines for drivers traveling 6-10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit while in a safety zone and $100 for traveling 11 or more miles over the speed limit.

    The city currently is only issuing tickets for speeders going 10 or more miles per hour over the limit. After the cameras are activated, warnings will be issued for the first 30 days

    Scheinfeld said any revenue generated from the program is invested in "critical safety initiatives" such as after-school, anti-violence and jobs programs, as well as crossing guards and police officers around schools.

    CDOT says Chicago has issued more than 1.25 million warnings to motorists and 230,000 tickets since the program began in August 2013.

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