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Lincoln Park Speed Cameras Nab $1.1 million in Fines

 The speed camera at 2448 N. Clybourn Ave. was ranked 108 in fines-per-day out of the city's 146 cameras.
The speed camera at 2448 N. Clybourn Ave. was ranked 108 in fines-per-day out of the city's 146 cameras.
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LINCOLN PARK — In a little over a year, the three automated speed cameras installed in Lincoln Park have generated more than $1.1 million for the city, data shows.

The cameras are all located on the western edge of the neighborhood on some of the most highly traveled roadways.

Two of the cameras are located along Ashland Avenue just north of Fullerton at 2442 N. Ashland and 2432 N. Ashland, and the third is located at 2448 N. Clybourn Ave.

Although the data is too limited to determine year-over-year speeding reductions, at both Ashland locations there was a decrease from the March 2014 totals (when the cameras were activated) to the March 2015 totals.

At 2443 N. Ashland, there were 1,528 violations in March 2014 and 1,254 in March 2015.

At the southbound camera at 2432 N. Ashland, there were 312 violations in March 2014 and 210 in March 2015.

That trend is in line with the city-wide totals, which saw a drop from 111,384 violations in March 2014 to 90,532 in March 2015.

All three cameras are located near Wrightwood Park, making them enforceable in a 30-mile-per-hour "park zone" from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Of the three locations, the camera at 2443 N. Ashland, which catches speeders heading north, doled out the most violations.

From its inception on March 10, 2014, that camera has collected $776,115 in fines from 20,217 violations.

Violations are broken down into three categories: warnings, $35 violations and $100 violations.

At the 2443 N. Ashland camera, 7,016 of the violations were of the $100 variety, 2,129 were $35 violations and 11,072 were warnings.

Speed cameras in Chicago can issue $35 tickets for motorists going six to 10 miles over the speed limit (but are currently only ticketing those going 10 over), and $100 tickets for those going 11 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. First-time offenders get a warning.

The three cameras give out just over 80 violations a day combined on average.

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

There are 146 speed cameras in the city, according to data compiled by DNAinfo Chicago.

The average speed camera city-wide hands out $745.38 in fines per day on an average 20 violations, according to data.

Compared to the rest of the city, none of the Lincoln Park speed cameras cracked the top 20 biggest moneymakers for the city.

The highest-grossing camera on Ashland ranked No. 22 in terms of total violations per day and 32 in fines per day.

The other two cameras ranked 108 and 92 in fines per day out of the 146 total cameras.

The Chicago Department of Transportation said its data has shown a 31 percent reduction in speeding violation when comparing rates during the first month of a camera's activation to speeding rates during the first six months of the camera being present.

The city also found that 81 percent of violators who were issued a violation in a school zone did not violate a second time and 67 percent of violators in a park zone did not repeat offend.

The cameras also free up police officers to focus on crime fighting, according to Michael Claffey, a spokesman for CDOT.

The full data for the Lincoln Park cameras is too fresh to compare year-over-year, but the biggest months for speeders appear to be April and May.

At the 2443 N. Ashland location, 2,153 violations were issued during May 2014.

The data from the three cameras indicate in Lincoln Park the the northbound cameras caught the most violators from between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The southbound cameras were the opposite, racking up most of the violations between 9 a.m. and noon.

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

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