City of Chicago Camera Tickets and Warnings Data

This dataset contains information about every ticket and warning issued by the City of Chicago through its red-light and speed camera programs since January 1, 2010.

Data encompasses red-light tickets given beginning at midnight on Jan. 1, 2010 through late in the evening on June 13, 2021. Speed camera data is from the morning of Oct. 16, 2013, when the program launched, through midday on May 4, 2021. The database contains every ticket that was vetted and sent to the city by the camera operators at the time the data was exported. The red-light and speed camera ticket review processes are separate, which is why this dataset has two end dates.

ProPublica reporters used this dataset to examine disparities in the city’s camera ticketing program. The reporters found that households in majority-Black and majority-Hispanic ZIP codes were ticketed at higher rates than their majority-white counterparts. Reporters supplemented their analysis with data previously obtained by ProPublica. That data, available here, includes red-light camera ticket data from the start of that program in 2003.

Each data point represents a single ticket or warning issued by the city and contains information about the type of violation, when and where a violation was recorded, the ZIP code of the registered vehicle owner and information about the recent status of the ticket (e.g., whether it was dismissed, paid or connected to a bankruptcy).

The dataset, which was provided to ProPublica by the Chicago Department of Finance on July 1, 2021, is a snapshot of the city’s camera tickets at that point in time. The status of tickets and amount due were current at the time the database was exported by the city.


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