CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s new speed cameras have clocked almost 205,000 violations in just over a month.
An analysis by WBEZ (http://bit.ly/1cDxrR1 ) shows the cameras in nine safety zones logged the speeding violations between Aug. 26 and Oct. 3.
The cameras are only issuing warnings to drivers, but fines will be levied starting later this month. If the violations had been tickets, they could have generated nearly $13.9 million for the city in just 39 days.
That’s on pace to be well above the $40 million to $60 million in extra revenue forecast by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for next year.
But the larger-than-expected number of citations is prompting criticism from some who say the cameras are more about making money for the city than protecting children and pedestrians.