Red Light, Speed Cam Protest Gets Loud Response From Drivers
Manned with signs and fliers on all four corners of the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., approximately 15 protestors opposed to red light and speed camera enforcement elicited loud and positive responses Saturday afternoon from supportive drivers.
Only one person riding a Divvy bike expressed opposition shouting at the protestors to “just obey the law.”
This was just the most recent stop on the citywide tour of a joint protests being held by Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty.
Cars and trucks stopped or passing through the Northside intersection near Wrigley Field honked and yelled out their support for the protestors.
That particular intersection is home to both a red light camera and a speed camera located a half block east on Irving Park.
In fact, according to organizers, of the several locations across the city where the groups have protested, this was the only location so far which had been specifically requested by some area drivers against the cameras.
“We had people contact us about this one,” said organizer and Lakeview resident Scott Davis. “It’s (the speed camera) is tucked in between two cemeteries and there are no children at play. There is a park allegedly near the L tracks they use to justify this location.”
Another protestor named Diane Shapiro scoffed at the site location too as she passed out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney for voting yes to allow speed cameras in Chicago back in 2012.
“Is there anyone running out of the cemetery into traffic?” asked Shapiro.
The park in question is Challenger Park, a tiny strip of park which runs along the CTA Red Line tracks from Irving Park to Montrose.
Challenger Park does not have any of the typical amenities of a park where children would play at like swing sets, slides, playgrounds or ball fields. Instead, the main component, besides a parking lot, is a dog park 3/8ths of a mile from the park’s entrance on Irving Park.
“I think its ridiculous they would put speed cameras to protect dogs,” laughed Davis. “It’s a speed trap.”
“This tells you it’s not bout the safety of children around parks and schools when you have speed cameras around two cemeteries and a dog park,” said Mark Wallace, the head of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras.”
A spokesperson for Alderman James Cappleman’s office admitted that their office had received several complaints about the speed camera’s placement.