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New resolution proposed for photo enforced speed zones

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago's new speed zones around schools and parks include signs that warn drivers of the speed limit and that the area is camera enforced. However, 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, who got two warnings for speeding in such zones, has introduced a resolution calling for better signage.

Joseph Bachynski supports the idea. He's gotten two warnings and a $100 ticket himself. FOX 32's Craig Wall asked him if he even realized he was in a speed zone.

"Not at all, not at all, until I got the notice in the mail and I looked and I was like Oh My God, they got speed cameras there, you're not even aware that they're there," said Bachynski.

At 79th and Karlov there is one speed zone sign at the beginning of the school zone, as well as another one closer to the intersection. But for many drivers, the signs don't stand out enough to catch their eye.

"It's just ridiculous because there's no warning, there's no sign, what's the speed limit, is the speed limit 30, is the speed limit 40, is it 35?," said Sherman Butler, a ticketed driver.

The city's department of transportation says the current signage already meets or exceeds state and federal standards, as well as what the alderman is asking for in her resolution.

CDOT will also in the near future start painting "safety zone" stencils in the pavement to further alert drivers.

The city has maintained from the beginning that the program was all about safety and not revenue. The Active Transportation Alliance points out that speed cameras reduced speeding, in some areas, by 65 percent in the first two months of operation.

However, many drivers still hate the program regardless of how visible or not the signs may be.

"I would love to see the speed cameras go away, go back to the old fashioned way, the way we used to do it," said Butler.

For more information visit CDOT.

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