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Motorist Groups Debut New Anti-Red Light Camera Video

The National Motorists Association or NMA debuted a new video early this week taking aim against red light camera enforcement.

The video makes the 30-second case that red light camera enforcement doesn’t improve safety in towns where they’re deployed, but do certainly generate revenue.

The NMA’s Gary Biller said the inspiration for the video came from a member.

Chicago 6th Most Ticketed U.S. City

Group Believes Speed Cameras Will Make Ranking Jump

The Second City Is Actually the sixth city.
At least when it comes to speeding and traffic tickets, according to the National Motorists Association, a motorists rights organization.

In the NMA’s recently released bi-annual rankings of America’s top ticketed cities and states, Chicago comes in as the sixth most likeliest city to get a speeding or traffic ticket.

According to the study, Atlanta won the honor of being the nation’s top ticketed city, followed by Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and New York rounding out the top five.

From a state perspective, Illinois ranks a lowly 18th. Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Maryland make up the top five states for ticket traps.

The Ticket Doctor Helps Out CBS 2 News

On Thursday, a horrific fiery and fatal car crash killed one and injured two on a portion of Devon Ave. that runs through a forest preserve near O’Hare Airport.

CBS 2 News alleges this strip of Devon is by it’s nature, is inherently dangerous and called in Barnet Fagel aka The Ticket Doctor to share his thoughts and expertise.

Fagel, a traffic safety adviser for the National Motorists Association (NMA) backs up CBS 2′s claim saying the road’s heavy forestation and a curvature of the road diminish the ability to see far down the road.

Combining these factors, a lack of a shoulder and a majority of drivers who tend to speed down this portion of Devon, you get perilously dangerous stretch of road according to Fagel.

Read the full CBS 2 report and watch the Ticket Doctor’s contribution to the video report here.

Fagel, is also a frequent contributor to this website.

NMA Tries To Prod, Poke, Cajole, Coax & Pursuade The Chicago Tribune

Gary Biller seems frustrated lately.

Biller, is the head of the National Motorists Association, a motorist advocacy group that has been one of the leading opponents of red light cameras.

His group has been working for years to promote their message that improving traffic engineering and increasing yellow light times at intersections, can do a lot more to reduce red light running and hence, improve safety, than red light cameras can. And that’s without taking millions of dollars a year out of the pockets of drivers.

Biller and the NMA have put a lot of energy into trying to get the word out in Chicago, the red light camera capital of the U.S., by reaching out to the media.

In some cases, the message has been getting through to sympathetic ears in the media. But in the case of the Chicago Tribune, Biller has run into a wall of silence on this issue.

That’s why he’s frustrated.

Speed Limit Smackdown


Debate Over Boosting Illinois’ Speed Limit To 70 Heats Up

By Diana Novak

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Illinois lawmakers are preparing to consider raising the speed limit on highways outside of Chicago from 65 to 70 mph.

But two prominent national motorist organizations are at odds over the proposed bill.

One would think the AAA Motor Club and the National Motorists Association (NMA) want the same thing.

The NMA and AAA both claim support for drivers’ rights and member’s interests as the foundation of their organizations—but what happens when they can’t agree on what is best for their constituents?

The NMA has just under 100 of their few thousand members in the Chicagoland area, while the AAA has about 940,000 between Chicago and northwest Indiana, and 52 million nationwide.

Like parents arguing over what is best for their children, the NMA and AAA are throwing down over Illinois Senate Bill 3668, a plan to raise highway speed limits outside the Chicago metropolitan area from 65 mph to 70 mph. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Illinois would be the 34th state to implement such speed limit increase.