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Speed Cameras Have Cost Drivers $2.6 Million in Humboldt Park Alone

HUMBOLDT PARK — Five Humboldt Park speed cameras have cost Chicago drivers more than $2.6 million in fines since December 2013, according to data obtained by DNAinfo Chicago.

That’s despite a track record of misfires at at least one of the cameras, located on the southern end of the neighborhood’s 200-acre park.

The vast majority of the total $35 and $100 fines were issued in 2014, according to data obtained from the Chicago Department of Finance via a Freedom of Information Act request, but tickets were still being issued as recently as April, including fines issued at 3100 W. Augusta Blvd., where a Humboldt Park teacher was improperly fined four times.

That same camera was already found to have improperly ticketed drivers in 2013, and, despite a temporary shutdown after DNAinfo Chicago reported the misfires in 2015, the camera went on to issue more than 300 fines in March alone.

Humboldt Park resident and Chicago Public School teacher Jennefa Krupinski was improperly fined four times at 3100 W. Augusta Blvd. since June 2014.

These five Humboldt Park speed cameras have cost Chicago drivers more than $2.6 million in fines since December 2013.

Four other cameras, located at 1111 N. Humboldt Blvd., 732 N. Pulaski Road, 4041 W. Chicago Ave. and 4040 W. Chicago Ave. — the latter three of which sit within 600 feet of each other — made up the rest of the total $2,612,760 million in Humboldt Park speed camera fines.

Fines of $35 are issued to those caught going 6 to 10 mph over the posted limit, and fines of $100 for speeds faster than that.

Approximately 65,000 speed camera tickets were issued in Humboldt Park since December 2013 — the majority of those fines issued between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

In all, 6,023 tickets were issued for $35 fines and 24,015 tickets were issued for $100 fines in Humboldt Park.

But that number pales in comparison to tickets issued citywide from October 2013 to April of this year, when 1,594,746 speed camera tickets were issued at nearly 150 locations for a total of more than $58 million in fines.

Here are all the stories looking at speed camera data across Chicago's neighborhoods.

Ben Woodard and Tanveer Ali break down the speed camera data:

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