Quinn signs speed camera bill

February 6, 2012

The Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that allows Chicago to use automatic speedenforcement cameras to monitor drivers around the city's parks and schools.

The cameras will send $100 tickets to the drivers of vehicles going more than 5 mph over the limit. The ticket wouldn't be considered a moving violation.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had pushed for the cameras, saying they're needed to protect pedestrians. Critics, however, argue that such cameras don't improve safety but do produce huge revenues for local governments.

The law allows the speed cameras to operate near schools from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on school days and near parks from an hour before the facility opens until an hour after it closes.

The measure signed Monday will go into effect in July.