New speed cameras issuing tickets near 4 city parks

New speed cameras issuing tickets near 4 city parks

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Speeders will have to ease off the gas while driving near four city parks where automatic speed enforcement cameras began issuing warnings and tickets this weekend.

Cameras recently installed near children's safety zones at McGuane Park, 2928 S. Halsted St., and Gage Park at 2513 W. 55th St. began issuing speed warnings Saturday, according to a news release from the Chicago Department of Transportation.

As of Sunday, "the warning phase" was complete and speeding tickets were being issued in safety zones through the cameras set up near Washington Park at 536 E. Morgan Dr. and Challenger Park, 1142 W. Irving Park Rd., the release said.

The city will start by issuing tickets only to drivers going 10 mph or more over the speed limit, but that "threshold will gradually be lowered," the department said.

Speeders caught travelling six to 10 mph over the posted speed limit will be fined $35. The fine rises to $100 for drivers tracked 11 mph or more above the limit, the release said.

The 30 mph limits will be enforced by cameras when the parks are open between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. seven days a week, officials said.

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