Chicago, Illinois Speed Traps
If you happen to travel East on North Ave heading towards the lake be careful of running the yellow and soon to be red light at North Ave and Sedgwick; they pull over people there who don’t quite make it.
West bound on Indianapolis, from Chicago to Indiana, a police officer hides in a used car lot tagging motorists as they go. Since he/she hides inbetween two cars that are for sale, it looks like he’s just another used car parked there. You can’t tell that it’s a cop until it’s to late to slow down safely.
I have seen a dark green Camaro with tinted windows patrolling I-94 north of Addison up to Touhy. This a state trooper. I noticed the shoulder patch while sitting next to him in traffic. Normally I wouldn’t worry but I have seen him at least 3 times in the last 3 months. I can’t imagine him catching speeders since morning traffic is usually heavy. I think he might be part of a road rage or anti-should rider task force. Either way, this car looks like every other joker with late model Camaro and tinted windows. No spot light, no reflective markings, nothing…He is very hard to pick out until you have already done something wrong.
Chicago Police car hides in parking lots and singles out cars and motorcycles usually with laser gun going in either direction
When getting on the Skyway (southbound) from the Dan Ryan (Interstate 94) watch your speed on your entry for the first 1/2 mile. The Chicago police like to sit on the next two entrances, and they are easy to miss, but they don’t miss you. Also, northbound on the Skyway, coming down off the bridge just before the $2.00 toll, watch for the man with the radar gun. Bear in mind that the Skyway has been a big boon-doggle for the City of Chicago. It has never paid for itself despite exorbitant tolls. It is patrolled by the CPD rather than the Illinois troopers, unlike the other expressways in town. Could it be that they lower the limit and patrol heavily in order to eek out a little more income? Indiana and Michigan drivers, especially, beware.