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Poll: Speed Cameras Aren’t Too Popular With Chicagoans

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This red light camera at the intersection of Peterson and California avenues could become a speed camera too if the City Council approves Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s program to use cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks is not generating widespread support, according to a just-released poll.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, a Chicago Tribune/WGN-Channel 9 survey found that 54 percent of those questioned opposed the speed cams. Almost 70 percent say the real purpose of the cameras is to raise money, and not to improve safety for children as the Mayor Rahm Enanuel insists.

The Tribune also notes a widespread conclusion that some of the claims made by the Emanuel administration to support the need for the speed cams proved to be false or exaggerated.

The City Council last month approved the plan to install speed cameras near schools and parks.

Enforcement by the cameras cannot legally go into effect until July 1, so we all have a reprieve until then. But any intersection within 1/8 of a mile, or one city block, around schools and parks will be a candidate to receive a camera.

First-time offenders will only receive warnings for speeding violations, and nobody will receive more than a warning for the first 30 days after the cameras are turned on.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports