CHICAGO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The mayor of Chicago said he wants to use red-light cameras and vans with hidden cameras to catch drivers speeding near schools and parks.
Speeding motorists would be mailed $100 tickets automatically, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the red-light cameras, which have brought in a lot of revenue for the city in the past, are needed to protect children.
From 2005 to 2009, there were 861 vehicle accidents in Chicago involving students during school arrival and dismissal times, the mayor said.
"This is about deterrence. I want our kids to get to school and be in schools safely," Emanuel said.
"I have a set of policies already put in place on the curfew, more cameras in schools, raising the fines for those who have guns near schools. And I want to make sure that people driving near a school or a park have a deterrence."
A bill introduced on the mayor's behalf, would establish "safety zones" within two blocks of any school, park or college in Chicago. Within those zones, the city would install red-light cameras to catch speeding drivers.