WGN 9 Chicago | Emanuel speed camera ordinance passes City Council committee
Emanuel offered a revised ordinance ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, and the final vote was 7-3. Emanuel’s new plan reduced fines from $50 to $35 for drivers caught going six-to-10 mph over the speed limit.
Some critics, however, still question the need for the speed cameras, after the city has installed thousands of speed bumps near schools in recent years.
The Sun Times reported that city crews have installed 10,000 speed humps in streets and alleys since 2005. Many of them are near schools and parks.
Crews have also put in 400 traffic circles, 450 cul-de-sacs and 250 “bump out” curbs.
Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, questioned the need for speed cameras after he learned of all of those “traffic-calming devices” that have been installed to slow down drivers.
Some residents also question the real intention behind the plan. Old Irving Park resident Michael Sanders says he in favor of safety and slowing down drivers but he sees the speed cameras as a “money grabbing” tactic from City Hall.