School Safety Zones

The 41st Ward will soon see the establishment of two Children Safety Zones in the area around Taft High School. The goal of the Safety Zone program is to protect children and other pedestrians by reminding motorists to slow down and obey speed laws. It uses automated safety cameras to identify and ticket motorists who are speeding around select school and park zones. The registered owner of the speeding vehicle will be issued the speeding ticket.

Where will these Safety Zones be located?

5739 N. Northwest Highway (Northwest Highway and Nagle Avenue)

6510 W. Bryn Mawr (Entrance of Taft High School)

Violations recorded in the first 30 days will result in a warning notice. Street signs indicating the presence of these cameras have already been installed in order to alert motorists that they have entered a Safety Zone. Additional street markings will also be installed.

What are the Safety Zone times and speed limits?

School Days (Monday through Friday)

Time: 7 AM to 4 PM

Speed: 20 MPH when children are present
20 MPH when no children are present

Time: 4 PM to 7 PM
Speed: 30 MPH

Why were these two locations selected?

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)  has been in close consultation with my office about the installation of these speed cameras. The two safety zones/locations that have been identified rank 55 out of 1495 potential safety zone locations, making them some of the most dangerous areas in the City for for vehicular crashes involving children. From 2009 to 2012, there were over 316 vehicular crashes, 9 of which were fatal. 59 of those crashes involved children and over 96 were speed related.

What are the fines?

$35.00 for a speeding violation, 6 or more miles over the speed limit, but less than 11 over such speed limit.

$100.00 if the recorded speed limit is 11 or more miles over the speed limit.

Will there be a warning period?

The cameras have been calibrated and the warning period is currently underway.  Violations recorded in the first 30 days will receive a warning notice.

How can an Automated Speed Enforcement Violation be contested?

The registered owner of the vehicle may request a hearing to challenge an Automated Speed Enforcement Violation. The owner has fourteen (14) days from the date of issuance to contest a violation. At this point, the owner has the option to contest the violation either by mail or in person. If no response is received through payment or a hearing request, a Notice of Determination is sent stating that the owner has been found liable by default, and must appear in person to petition to set the default aside. This option must be exercised within (21) days from the date of the determination. Once the 21 days have lapsed, the opportunity to contest the citation will have expired

What defenses are allowed for speeding tickets?

The respondent was not the owner or lessee of the cited vehicle at the time of the violation.

The cited vehicle or its state registration plates (license plates) were stolen at the time of the violation.

The facts alleged in the speeding violation notice are inconsistent or do not support a finding that the specified regulation was violated.

The illegal vehicle condition did not exist at the time of the compliance violation.

Can a video of the alleged violation be viewed on the internet?

Yes, video and digital still photos will be made available. The recorded speed will also be made available. Instructions on the violation will show you how to access via a secured website. All recordings are confidential and shall only be made available to the alleged violator and governmental and law enforcement agencies for purposes of adjudicating a violation, statistical purposes and or governmental purposes.