WGN News: Are Speed Cameras About Safety Or Revenue?
In a wide-ranging piece, WGN TV News takes a hard look at Chicago’s freshly minted speed camera program to find out if the program is about safety or generating revenue for the city.
Reporter Jackie Bange only had to venture a few blocks from the TV station’s Bradley Place studios to come across a pair of speed cameras. The cameras, catching speeders on Addison and Western Avenue adjacent to Lane Tech High School are walking distance from WGN.
The station went to the city to obtain the pedestrian crash data that went into the selection of speed cam sites, but according to Bange they “hit a road block.”
WGN tries to compare pedestrian and bike crash data from the website ChicagoCrashes.org against some broader crash data the city finally did provide. At least at the one intersection they focus on, at the intersection of Western and Addison, they find only a handful of pedestrian/biker crashes over the past few years.
Here’s WGN’s full story, “City speed cameras: Keeping kids safe or just a money maker?“