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Drivers appear to be hitting the brakes at red lights — leading to a big drop in tickets issued by red-light cameras, city officials said.
For the fifth year in a row, Chicago’s red-light camera program has seen a significant decline in the number of tickets issued.
The city’s 384 red-light cameras issued 579,460 tickets last year — 32,619 fewer than in 2012, representing a 5 percent decline, according to data obtained from the city’s Finance Department.
In fact, the data shows red-light camera tickets have been falling steadily since 2009, when 722,935 tickets were issued, a record at the time after a dramatic expansion of the program a year earlier. The 140,000-ticket drop represents a 20 percent decline since the peak five years ago.
Fewer tickets issued means a potential drop in fine revenue. At $100 a ticket, that translates to an estimated $3.2 million drop in fines issued between 2012 and 2013 and a $14.3 million drop in total fines issued since 2009.
I received a ticket for blocking a fire hydrant.
But I parked there one evening because the snow was so high that the hydrant and the yellow curb were not visible.
Is there a way to contest this?
Most of us are exasperated with the tremendous amount of snow in the city this winter, Katie.
But would you have ever thought that in this instance, the snow actually works to your advantage in fighting this parking ticket?
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
The world’s largest copier manufacturer will now oversee the nation’s largest red light-camera program the City of Chicago confirmed Friday morning.
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday it finalized the $44 million contract with Xerox to run the cameras for the next five years. There are options to renew it three times at two years per extension.
Xerox will move immediately to take over the management of the red-light camera program from Redflex, according to CDOT.
Under the new contract, Xerox will charge the city $1,819 per camera per month, which is substantially less than the $4,300 per month Redflex has been charging under the current contract, CDOT said. Officials said the new contract will save $50 million dollars over the next five years.
“Automated red-light enforcement changes drivers’ behavior to reduce the number of crashes and increase the level of safety for everyone,” said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. “We plan to continue this important program with a new management team that will both improve the technology and efficiency of the program while saving operating expenses.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
Story updated to reflect correct total contract amount.
Why did Mayor Rahm Emanuel decide to put 36 red light cameras out of commission on Tuesday?
Reporters grilled Emanuel at a press conference in River North Wednesday on his curious, surprise announcement yesterday that the city would stop red light camera enforcement at 18 intersections.
Emanuel says it has nothing to do with the rollout of speed cameras or even the recent Inspector General’s report but only with safety according to DNA Info.
According to the city, the cameras at these intersections will be decommissioned due to a dramatic decrease in right angle crashes at those locations.
“Automated traffic enforcement, whether through red-light or speed cameras, is about
changing drivers’ behavior,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel via press release. “The cameras at these intersections are now showing a low level of crashes and dangerous angle crashes, which means an enhanced level of safety.”
Highland Park Puts Redflex On Month To Month Contract
Redflex is still facing fallout from their recent controversy with the City of Chicago. The company lost it’s largest contract when revelations of an alleged bribery scandal were revealed by the Chicago Tribune several months ago.
But other cities are now taking a careful look at Redflex and its practices.
North suburban Highland Park had a contract with Redflex which expired. Now Redflex is on a month to month extension of the contract while the town weighs all it’s options according to Pioneer Press.
Here’s the full story, “Highland Park extends red-light camera contract month to month.”
River Forest Working On Installing 2nd Red Light Camera
Shockingly, he’s not upset.
Even more oddly, his $100 experience has actually sold him on using red light cameras as a traffic enforcement tool.
Chapman, somewhat of a libertarian in his political views, is a consistently contrarian voice in his columns and perhaps this may his most unique position yet.
In his piece, while originally doubting the veracity of the ticket, he watches himself online making a right turn on red without coming to a complete stop and realizes he screwed up.
While many people would still be angry, knowing that studies show crashes rarely happen when someone does what Chapman did making a right turn on red, he feels there’s one distinct advantage to RLCs–no cops.
Chapman makes the case that if a police officer stopped him for the infraction it would not only be expensive (like the RLC ticket) but he would have to endure 15 minutes or more of having to go through the ticketing process.
Essentially, he rationalizes his acceptance of a red light camera ticket by saying it is more convenient than getting ticketed by CPD.
Here’s Chapman’s full piece, “Red light cameras: My experience.”
Oh, and hear is a recent WGN Radio interview Chapman did on the subject of red light cameras.
The new deadline listed in a bid addendum dated May 10th, is now May 24th.
The City was confident its original deadline of April 16th, would give them ample time for a review of the bids, short list two potential vendors for pilot tests, perform a 30-day pilot, select a winning vendor and negotiate a contract by July 31st–when the current contract with Redflex Traffic Systems was supposed to expire.
A previous delay forced the City to admit it could not meet the July 31st deadline and extend the scandal plagued Redflex’s contract indefinitely until a new vendor could be selected and can transition to the new RLC system.
Critics say, a report released Tuesday by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office backs up their claims and, according to one alderman, undermines the basis for the program’s existence.
“Our audit uncovered little evidence that the overarching program strategy, guidelines, or appropriate metrics are being used to ensure the [Red Light Camera] program is being executed to the best benefit of the City or the general public,” the report summarized.
“Specifically, we found a lack of basic record keeping and an alarming lack of analysis for an ongoing program that costs tens of millions of dollars a year and generates tens of millions more in revenue.”
The inspector general’s office started an audit of the city’s extensive red light camera program earlier this year in response to revelations of an internal investigation by current vendor Redflex Traffic Systems. That investigation, headed by former Inspector General David Hoffman, alleges employees for Redflex may have bribed the former city official overseeing the city’s RLC program.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
The Redflex scandal shouldn’t be a surprise to insiders at City Hall.
At least that’s what the Chicago Tribune is contending in a story which claims problems with Redflex Traffic Systems and the city’s red light camera contract were being pointed out as far back as 2006.
It seems after Redflex was awarded a contract expanding the size and scope of the city’s red light camera program in 2007, one of its biggest competitors, American Traffic Solutions, began complaining about what they perceived as special treatment for Redflex.