Some of Chicago’s yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he’s thrown out “60 to 70 percent” of red light camera tickets he’s come across recently More »
The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign. According to More »
NBC Chicago writer Edward McClelland last week boldly predicted that due to Chicago’s horrible experience with it’s infamous and hated parking meter lease deal, no city will ever privatize their parking meters More »
61-year old Jose Medina was killed by a motorist near Goethe Elementary school in May.
Now residents working with Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) are using this incident to bring a speed camera to the side street adjacent to the school according to DNA Info.
The 20 people who met with a representative of the Chicago Department of Transportation discussed a battery of solutions including traffic bump outs, speed bumps and a speed camera on Rockwell the street where parents drop off and pickup their children each day.
The red light camera an Belmont and Lake Shore Drive is one of the city’s highest volume RLC intersections.
A combination of poor traffic engineering, a confusing multi-street intersection and an allegedly short yellow light, the red light camera there caught over 18,000 violators in 2012 and generated more than $1.5 million in revenue.
So the members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras thought this was a perfect place to hold a protest to bring their message of ridding the city of red light and speed cameras to motorists Saturday, August 16th.
Demonstrators will be there passing out fliers and holding up signs from 11 AM to 2 PM. Other interested motorists are invited to attend.
Is there a relationship between politics and potholes?
Jorvasky, an avid bike rider, took a long ride into several areas of the city to see if his theory that aldermanic allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel had less potholes on roads in their wards than aldermen who aren’t as cooperative with the powers that be.
Riding through mayoral critic Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward and into Ameya Pawar’s 47th and ending up in Joe Moore’s 49th, both loyalists to the Emanuel regime, he doesn’t seem to see a distinction to the state of streets in the city–they all suck writes Jorvasky.
The 23-count indictment alleges Karen Finley provided John Bills, the retired official in charge of the city’s red light camera program, with bribes to help the company secure the city’s contract. Finley was charged with nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of federal program bribery, and one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. Finley was the company’s CEO from 2005-2011 and was Vice-President at the time the alleged bribery scheme was hatched.
Bills, who was indicted in May, is alleged to have received nearly $600,000 in cash and other gifts for his assistance. The company raked in over $124 million in revenue from their Chicago contract over the past 11 years.
The bridge will be placed in the up position to allow for work connected to the Riverwalk construction project until August 23rd.
A pedestrian path is being constructed on the south bank of the of the Chicago River from State Street to Lake Street to link to the current Riverwalk which extends all the way to Lake Shore Drive.
All bus, bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic is being detoured during the week and a half of work.
Some of Chicago’s yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he’s thrown out “60 to 70 percent” of red light camera tickets he’s come across recently because of the discrepancy.
The city uses the state and federal standard of having yellow lights display for a minimum of three seconds at intersections. But an administrative law judge, who hears appeals from motorists ticketed by red light cameras, said during a hearing this week that he has seen evidence that yellow times are slightly beneath that at some Chicago intersections with red light cameras.
The hearing at 400 W. Superior lasted three hours Monday, after the city sent three lawyers and several department supervisors to defend five tickets being challenged by Barnet Fagel, a video forensic specialist who helps drivers fight red light and speed camera tickets.
Three attorneys, a law department supervisor, a public information officer and a Chicago Department of Transportation deputy director overseeing the city’s traffic camera programs showed up to what normally would be a brief, attorney-free affair. Typically, drivers try to persuade administrative law judges that their ticket should be thrown out by presenting photos and other evidence.
But Monday, city attorneys Alexis Long and Tom Doran spent the first 30 minutes of the hearing challenging Fagel’s expertise and his ability to testify in these matters on behalf of the motorists who were ticketed.
Read more at DNA Info.
Called the “Sign and Drive” law, it ends the long practice of drivers having to post their license as insurance they show up in traffic court or pay the fine for a traffic ticket by allowing them to simply sign their signature on the citation.
“A driver’s license is an important form of identification, and without it many residents may run into problems during everyday situations when a valid ID is required,” Quinn said. “This common sense legislation will allow law enforcement officials to continue doing their jobs while letting motorists hang onto a vital piece of identification. ‘Sign and Drive’ will help ensure motorists comply with the law and keep traffic moving on our streets.”
Green means go. Red means stop.
That universal truth recognized by every motorist around the world celebrated its 100th birthday this week.
According to History.com, the very first traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio August 5th, 1914.
While African-American inventor Garrett Morgan is generally credited with inventing the modern three position traffic signal, it was a design patented by James Hoge which was first used by Cleveland 100 years ago.
Hoge’s design had just two lights–green and red–no yellow. Hoge’s invention consisted of a red and green lights mounted on poles at each corner of the intersection. The lights were wired to a booth, which allowed a police officer to control the flow of traffic from inside.
— Reid Wilkening (@rwilkening) August 7, 2014
One local bike rider is using Twitter to try to get some illegally parked cars ticketed.
Clement Robinson, who goes by the Twitter handle @CJettR, has been tweeting photos of motor vehicles parked in designated bike lanes using the hashtag “#enforce940060″, according to RedEye.
The hashtag refers to municipal code 9-40-060 which prohibits cars from parking or standing in a bike lane.
The Reverend Charles H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his car downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter.
The Park-O-Meters had just been installed the month before and had created sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.
North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street, walked to where the meter was planted in the cement in front of his automobile, and read the gadget. It demanded 5 cents to park there.