Chicagoans Fight Back Against Red Light, Speed Cameras

Stephen Hinton doesn’t like Chicago’s red light cameras.

Over the years, like the hundreds of thousands of other drivers who are issued RLC tickets every year, the 49-year old Chatham resident has received his share of those $100 tickets being photographed entering an intersection when the traffic light had turned red.

But Hinton says it was the third, and most recent RLC ticket he received at 95th and Stony Island about a month ago that was at least part of the inspiration for starting an online petition to rid Chicago of the cameras.

“I see the glaring disservice the red light cameras do to the citizens of Chicago,” said Hinton when asked why he started the petition. “It’s unfairly taking advantage of the citizens of Chicago.”

Because drivers can only fight their tickets in-person Monday through Friday, Hinton says it’s difficult for the typical working Chicagoan to take time away from work to try to contest these violations. According to Hinton, the difficulty in contesting these tickets forces drivers to pay the fines before they double to $200.

The Windy City is the red light camera capital of the U.S., with 384 cameras shooting video and still photographs at 191 separate intersections around the city while generating revenues exceeding $60 million in a typical year.

“It’s a just an added tax–this is another way to generate revenue,” says Hinton. What was it? $61 million in 2010? It’ s unreal for them to present it as a safety measure and reap the benefits of that revenue.”

But Hinton is not the only one working to rid the city of automated traffic camera enforcement.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

10 Responses to Chicagoans Fight Back Against Red Light, Speed Cameras

  1. Jeff says:

    The only way to reform the City of Chicago would be to set off a bomb in the City Council chambers. Where’s al-Queda when you need them??

  2. GREAT venture.

    It sounds like a real plan that could pay off in a few short years. It won’t be super quick, but the movement should grow with the increased recognition the campaign will bring to the issue.

    GOOD LUCK.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  3. The Cousins says:

    We strongly agree with Hinton on this.
    The Cousins.

  4. Greg says:

    So here is what I have started doing…

    If you slightly go past the crosswalk at a red light, that sets the camera off and it takes a photo and video. You can especially notice this at night by creeping up till the flash goes off.

    Every time the camera is activated, that means someone has to review that photo / video. Which means as long as you don’t actually go into the intersection, they have been paid to waste time and check out evidence that doesn’t result in a fine.

    So when I see a red light intersection, I now creep just enough forward to set the camera off, and the redlight camera company wastes time and money reviewing the photos…

    If I do that only 3 times a day, that’s 1000 times in a year I have forced the redlight company to waste time and money…

    That’s a little over 2 full days work.

    Now if we could get 50 people to do this daily, that’s over 100 full days work. Figure at 5 days in a work week, that comes to over a month. So the redlight company would wasting over a month’s salary of someone on this.

    I say we start a grass roots movement…

    :)

  5. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Greg,

    You have a wonderfully, evil and twisted mind. I am confident, if we ever met, we’d get along swimmingly.

    This idea has made my day.

  6. Greg says:

    Geek -

    Needless to say, I was a terror when I was a kid and caused my Mom a lot of grief.

    My Dad actually thought most of what I did was funny…

  7. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Greg,

    Boys are nuts.

    I have a 5 year old boy. When he decided to pee in the kitchen garbage the other day, my wife went berzerk and I had to walk out of the room so he wouldn’t see me laughing. But then I had to pull it together, wipe the smile off my face and verbally reprimand him for doing all while secretly giggling on the inside.

    I have a daughter too. Suffice to say, boys are different than girls.

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  9. Jason Ward says:

    Great way to wake people up to the reality of living in 21st century Chicago. Now Rep. Silverstein is trying to pass a bill that would make it worse for every one.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you’re going to creep up until you’re “offsides” to set off the camera, remove the front plate on nights you do this. Or, wait until winter and pack up the plates with snow.

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