Chicago Tribune Gives Quinn Green Light On Speed Cameras
In fact, the Trib edit board essentially pleading with Governor Pat Quinn to not delay and speedily sign that puppy into law. “Do it for the kids Gov. Quinn!,” is the overriding theme of the piece.
On Sunday, the board’s editorial, entitled “Speeding cameras: Go, governor,” salivated over the idea giving readers such insightful platitudes as “If you don’t speed, you won’t have to pay.”
The editorial also cites alleged “safety studies” done by the city as evidence the program is a super, duper idea, even though the newspaper’s own reporting found significant flaws in how the city interpreted their own data. In fact, the city’s own numbers showed that most juvenile pedestrian deaths due to car crash were on side streets–not on busier thoroughfares.
Another Tribune report found that if the definition of the “safety zone” was taken to its logical conclusion, the city could effectively install cameras or deploy mobile speed cameras to nearly every corner in the city.
But, much like the city, and other one dimensional thinkers, using red light cameras to catch speeders will not ultimately solve the issue of pedestrian deaths whether they be adult or children.
Chicago should at least explore traditional, tried and true methods of improving safety first, like doing comprehensive, independent traffic studies to see what engineering changes to roads and intersections could be made. Traffic studies which are required by federal law every five years which the city has not done in let’s say, more than five years.
Alas, traffic studies and engineering to improve safety costs money.
Platitudes about the safety of children paired with $50 and $100 automated camera tickets for speeding is a money maker.
Here’s the Tribune’s full editorial, “Speeding cameras: Go, governor.”