Chicago reported more traffic deaths in the first six months of 2022 than in any year since 2017, despite speed cameras issuing over 1 million tickets – as many tickets as Chicago has households. Two-thirds of the fines were for speeding 6-10 mph.
Lightfoot has spent months arguing the lower ticketing threshold is about safety -- not revenue. On Wednesday she changed her tune again in her strongest argument yet on the revenue front.
The speed camera system went active in early May to help police slow down speeding drivers. Dozens of people have taken to Facebook over the last few weeks saying they were ticketed and shouldn't have been.