Speed cameras come to Chicago school zones, but do they work?

February 7, 2012

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Under the new law, drivers caught speeding by Chicago’s speed cameras can face a fine of up to $100.

Chicago lead foots beware: Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed off on a plan that would allow the use of speed cameras in school zones and parks. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel says the move will protect children; critics argue the cameras are an excuse to bring in some much-needed revenue for the city.

WBEZ reporter Alex Keefe explained the details, and Kristen McQueary, who covers state politics for WBEZ and the Chicago News Cooperative, told Eight Forty-Eight what the plan says about Gov. Quinn's legislative style. Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine, compares the Chicago plan to systems that use dynamic speed displays instead of cameras.