CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago motorist has filed a lawsuit demanding millions of dollars in refunds for tickets issued by school zone speed cameras on days when classes were not in session.
Attorney Jacie Zolna said the state law allowing Chicago to install speed cameras near schools clearly states tickets can only be issued on the legally-designated 170 school days.READ MORE: Crash Involving 3 Semi Trucks Shuts Down Lanes On I-80 Near Indianapolis Boulevard
However, Zolna claimed the city issued more than 34,000 tickets in July and August alone, from 58 cameras set up in school zones.
“Because these cameras were being operated and enforced outside the time allowed by the Illinois statute, they’re unconstitutional,” he said. “They’ve run them on days when it’s not a school day. For example, it really is the largest part of our case and what really caught our eye, was they had run them during summer vacation.”
The city has asked to have the lawsuit dismissed, noting there were 71 students in summer school at Lane Tech High School when Zolna’s client, Ken Maschek was issued a $100 ticket for speeding near the school.
Zolna rejected the city’s argument, pointing out there are 4,000 students at Lane Tech on a normal school day.READ MORE: Woman Shot In Shoulder While Standing Inside Lawndale Home
“During the school year, before or after school, the place is swarming with kids. I mean, they are just everywhere. If you drive by that school in summer, whether or not summer class may or may not be going on, it is a ghost town,” he said.