Tribune Hammers City’s Pedestrian Fatality Claims
That’s going to leave a mark.
The Chicago Tribune has a piece today eviscerating dramatic safety claims by the city.
For months now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been touting the safety benefits of red light cameras in regards to reducing pedestrian deaths, to make his emotional case to install speed cameras in Chicago.
60% reduction! Emanuel and his people claimed.
But when asked to provide the raw data or the reports, City Hall claimed it was secret. And even with FOIA requests being made for the info, the Trib never got their report.
So, reporters tried a different tactic. Use federal crash data on Chicago to do their own analysis of pedestrian fatalities at red light camera intersections, the Trib comes up with a 26% reduction in pedestrian deaths. Not 60%.
In addition, similar to what The Expired Meter discovered, that 26% mirrors the general citywide decline in crashes and pedestrian fatalities.
In other words, red light cameras may not be doing anything to improve safety.
Here’s their full, delicious story, “Mayor’s speed camera stats sketchy.”