By warning, targeting and ultimately ticketing speeding motorists, this program should achieve its goal of enhancing the safety of children and other pedestrians across the city.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 16, 2013
Chicago car accident attorney Patrick A. Salvi said today that his law firm is looking forward to seeing the safety benefits of the city’s new automated speed enforcement cameras as part of the Children’s Safety Zone Program.
“By warning, targeting and ultimately ticketing speeding motorists, this program should achieve its goal of enhancing the safety of children and other pedestrians across the city,” said Salvi, the Managing Equity Partner of the leading Chicago personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
The city of Chicago released data so far on the program, showing the cameras caught 200,000 drivers going over the speed limit during the first 40 days from nine of the cameras were operational. The first signs and speed cameras went up in late August, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation(CDOT). Fifty cameras will be installed by the end of 2013. The city’s ordinance allows for up to 300 cameras to be installed across the city.
Drivers who are caught on camera violating the posted speed limit will receive only a warning during the first 30 days after the cameras go up in the safety zone. They will also receive a warning for their first enforceable violation.
However, they will then face fines ranging from $35 if caught going 6-10 mph above the posted speed limit to $100 if they are caught going 11 mph or more above the limit.
The revenue generated by the program will go towards funding safety initiatives, including the increased use of police and crossing guards in the safety zones and the placement of more signs and crosswalk markings, the CDOT says.
“Although there has been progress in traffic safety in Chicago, Illinois and across the country in areas such as drunk driving, statistics and, frankly, our firm’s own experience shows that speeding continues to be a serious problem,” Salvi said.
The attorney cited a 2012 study by the Governors Highway Safety Association that found that the share of traffic deaths linked to speeding has increased by seven percent nationally since 2000 and today represents nearly a third of the country’s total traffic fatalities.
“Clearly, progress needs to be made in this area,” Salvi said. “Hopefully, as more cameras are installed throughout the city, we’ll see start seeing signs of progress.”
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