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City Council defeats Ald again. Anthony Bill’s application to waive lower 6 mph threshold for speed camera tickets


CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her colleagues in the city council on Wednesday voted again against Aldo’s efforts. Anthony Bill (9th place) canceled the lower threshold for speed camera tickets, which went into effect last year, leading to a significant increase in tickets for drivers.

On March 1, 2021, the city’s network of speed cameras began issuing tickets for $ 35 to drivers caught at speeds of 6 to 9 miles per hour exceeding the limit. Previously, tickets were issued only to drivers who were caught at a speed of at least 10 miles per hour above the limit.

A few weeks after the new lower threshold came into force, Bill presented a proposal to stop ticket sales for drivers traveling 6-9 miles per hour in excess of the limit, and to resume ticket sales only for drivers exceeding the speed limit at 10 miles per hour or more. Those caught speeding 10 miles per hour will still receive $ 35 tickets, and those caught exceeding the 11 mph limit will receive $ 100 tickets.

His plan never received a hearing in committee, and in September he tried unsuccessfully to get the full city council to votebut his request was rejected without execution, as he did not submit a petition to the city executive committee in due time.

Bill tried again on Wednesday, but made the same mistake by waiting until Monday to file his petition at the clerk’s office, when the deadline for such a petition was last Wednesday.

Despite arguing that he should have filed the petition only within 48 hours of the meeting, the council voted 30 to 17 in favor of Bill’s request, handing him another defeat in his bid to raise the speed limit for tickets. back to 10 miles per hour.

CBS 2 documented how the number of speed camera tickets issued in the city has increased immediately after the new lower threshold came into force.

CBS 2 investigators reviewed publicly available data as well as information obtained from a request for public records for the 36-day period before and after the change took effect. We learned that citywide tickets rose from 35,784 in the five weeks to March 1 to 398,233 in the five weeks thereafter. Those 398,000 tickets amounted to a $ 871,035 fine. Some of these tickets could have been the first warnings that did not result in a fine.

Defeating Bill’s proposal on Wednesday isn’t necessarily the end of the debate. He can still try to get the city council to vote at a future meeting if he submits his petition at least five working days early.

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