Red Light Camera Roundup
A man in Texas was not happy about receiving a red light camera ticket.
So he decided to pay the $137 ticket with…137 origami pigs made from one dollar bills all placed in a…donut box.
We assume he was trying to make some sort of statement.
Oak Brook Terrace Moves Closer To RLCs
West Suburban Oakbrook Terrace is one step further toward having red light camera enforcement in their town.
According to the Oakbrook Doings newspaper, the city council unanimously approved a contract with SafeSpeed LLC to potentially provide RLC systems and administration for the intersection of Route 83 & 22nd Street. 156 traffic accidents have occurred at this intersection since January 1, 2010. The vast majority (83) occurred on southbound Rte. 83.
Two weeks ago, the Oakbrook Terrace Chamber of Commerce came out against the plan saying it would have an impact on local business revenue.
The next step is for a traffic study to be completed by SafeSpeed. The company says their study may determine cameras may not be necessary in Oakbrook Terrace.
Here’s the Oakbrook Doings’ full story, “Oakbrook Terrace moves closer to red-light cameras.”
Elmwood Park Political Party Runs Against Red Light Cameras
Red light cameras are a hot topic in Elmwood Park. So hot, one local political party is running for office on the issue.
According to the Elm Leaves newspaper, the Elmwood Park Voice Party has been circulating a petition to remove the cameras from the town and already has 1,000 signatures.
There’s only one RLC in Elmwood Park located at Grand Avenue and Conti Parkway, and red light violations have been falling since the camera was installed in 2007. In the first year, it generated nearly 3,500 violations, but in 2011 that number had fell below 1,500 for the year.
A slate of candidates from the Voice Party are running for village trustee positions.
Here’s the Elm Leave’s full story, “Elmwood Park Voice Party wants red light camera down.”
Addison Adds New RLC Location
West suburban Addison added a new intersection to it’s red light camera program recently.
Located at the intersection of Kennedy Dr. and Lake St., one camera monitors northbound Kennedy while another shoots eastbound on Lake St. according to Neighborhoods Media.
This is Addison’s second RLC location. The first camera intersection is located at Lake & Addison Road.
Former D.C. Cop Gets Probation For Falsifying Speed Cam Logs
He was supposed to be performing and logging tests on speed camera equipment to ensure they were working properly.
But former Washington D.C. police officer David Cephas failed to perform the tests, then went back and forged the test logs.
He was caught, prosecuted and sentenced to two years of probation for the fraud according to the Washington Times.
Cephas also was ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution for all the speeding violations which had to be refunded to drivers for the fraudulent speed cam tickets.
Here’s the full report from the Washington Times, “Former officer sentenced to probation for falsifying logs.”
Tribune Has “Advice” For Driver With Red Light Camera Ticket
Chicago Transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch is asked by a reader about whether they should fight a red light camera ticket.
Hilkevitch answers, sort of.
Here’s the full Getting Around column, “Reader wants to put a stop to red-light ticket.”
UPDATED 9/17/12: Addition of Getting Around column info.