Speed camera testing begins in Chicago

Speed camera testing begins in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

"The speed camera equipment consists of a trailer, a computer, a fuel powered generator and an expandable boom," said Major Robert Liberati with the Prince George's County Police Department.

Liberati narrated a video posted on YouTube by the Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland. The video shows how automated speed enforcement cameras function.


"Mounted on this boom are lasers, cameras and an invisible inferred flash," said Liberati.

72 speed cameras are up and running since the program launched in Maryland two years ago and Chicago is next. The city began testing camera equipment this morning just days after the Kuchma family moved to the North Park neighborhood.

"I like it because I got kids so with the busy street right here, we just live down the block so I think it's a good thing," said Sandra Kuchma.

"Good. Stop speeding, I think it's a good thing… And there's parks all over, kids all over the place so yeah," said Marc Kuchma.

The camera systems being installed and tested include locations in Gompers, Garfield Park, Washington and Marquette Parks.

And that's just a start.

The city plans to select 50 Children's Safety Zones for camera installation though critics say the speed cameras are more about revenue than safety.

"They want to make money, you've got to make money. It's a good tool if that's what it's for but most likely it's for money, that's what they all do it for," said Terry Brown, a North Park resident.

In Prince George's County in Maryland speed cameras grossed 8 million dollars last year and are expected to ring in 13-million this year.

In Chicago, a pilot test of the camera equipment showed nearly ten percent of drivers were speeding.

"About 500-feet before every camera there will be signage letting people know that they're entering a park zone or a school zone, that the speed limit is 30 miles per hour or 20 miles per hour if you're near a park or a school and that there is photo enforcement in this zone," said Scott Kubly, Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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