The year 2020 came with many changes, both in Chicago and across the country. As more people started to stay home, the streets became clearer for those who were still traveling.
With nothing in front of them, Chicago motorists started driving faster. Not wanting to penalize residents during a difficult time, Mayor Lightfoot issued a temporary suspension of low-level infractions penalties.
Now that the mayor has lifted the suspension, here’s what you should know about harsher restrictions that may be coming in 2021.
What are the new rules?
During times with reduced traffic, Chicago saw a dramatic increase in serious crashes. In response to the number of crashes, as well as the budget deficit from the suspension of low-level traffic violations, the mayor has introduced an order that could increase the number of speeding tickets.
Currently, area speed cameras do not issue tickets until drivers exceed nine miles-per-hour over the posted speed limit. The new order would give $35 tickets to motorists driving between six and nine miles-per-hour over the speed limit.
There are still questions
While officials have stated that the new order will not start on January first, there is still not an exact date that the change will take place. Also, once the stricter enforcement is in place, drivers will likely get a written warning in the mail for their first violation under the new guidelines.
The penalty threshold change is projected to create significant revenue for the city while reminding residents to be cautious about their speed.