A Call To Arms For Chicago Drivers?
Golab goes on an epic rant in the newspaper about what this city’s war on driving citing red light cameras, speed bumps, city sticker fees, parking tickets, high parking meter fees due to the meter lease deal, stop signs, inefficient red light timing and the impending speed camera program. Whew!
Overall, he’s right.
Chicago has the highest downtown parking meter rates in the nation, is the red light camera capitol of the U.S., is one of the most congested urban areas, fees and taxes for driving keep on going up and will shortly become the speed cam capitol of America.
The war on drivers continues.
Ultimately, he implores someone to create an organization to actively lobby and protest the city’s powers that be on issues that affect local motorists. Something akin to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coaltion or the National Rifle Association but for car owners.
I say it is traffic jams, energy-wasting stop signs and inefficiently timed red lights that are an environmental disaster.
And if all the wasted time is tallied, I’m sure Chicago takes an economic hit as well.
All of us pay a gridlock tax with our precious time.
Our motorist group need not be immune to compromise. Perhaps it’s not worth going to the mat for every new stop sign. But some interest group should be there to question every one of them.
If somebody wants to lead, I and 1.3 million others are ready to follow.
Golab says the Chicago Motor Club watched out for drivers’ best interest decades and decades ago. The CMC is essentially AAA Motor Club which now concentrates its efforts on selling insurance and travel planning according to Golab.
However, there’s sort of an organization like this already–the National Motorists Association.
While the NMA has done a great job of fighting for the rights of motorists, the small Wisconsin based group with its limited resources usually concentrates on national issues as opposed to local ones.
Maybe Golab is on to something. Maybe the NMA needs some energized local individuals to start pushing back city politicians who keep on looking to the wallets of drivers to fill Chicago’s black hole of a budget.
Read his full screed, “Fellow drivers: Don’t get traffic calm. Get mad!”
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