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South Side Speed Camera Protest Set For Saturday

Red light  camera protest signIt’s supposed to be rainy Saturday.

But a little rain won’t be enough to deter the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras from protesting Saturday afternoon on the city’s South Side.

The group, which has held quite a number of protests against both red light and speed cameras at locations across the city the past year and a half.

Saturday they’ll be holding signs and handing out fliers at the intersection of 63rd and Martin Luther King Drive from 11 AM until 2 PM.

The group wants area drivers to know Willie Cochran, the alderman for the 20th ward where the cameras are located. As a member of the Chicago City Council, Cochran voted for the speed cameras two years ago.

Their hope is they can convince the alderman to sign their pledge to repeal the city’s lucrative red light and speed camera programs.

WBEZ Finds Chicago’s Yellow Lights Not Engineered Properly

In a devastating report on how the timing of yellow lights are set at Chicago’s traffic signals, WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef finds the city has not been following tried and true traffic engineering standards.

While none of what Yousef finds is news to well informed Chicago drivers, her research does a great job of explaining the issue.

In Yousef’s researh, she found that virtually no government entities set the yellow light times at virtually all traffic signals the same length–three seconds.

A recent poll says just 6% of 200 responding transportation agencies set amber times using this one size fits all approach.

Tribune Spotlights Short Yellow Issue With Red Light Tickets

red_light_cameraIn a recent report, the Chicago Tribune digs deeper into revelations many Chicago red light camera tickets have been issued despite being a tenth of a second under the three second federal standard.

The Tribune story expands upon the issue originally reported at the Expired Meter, when anti-camera activist Barnet Fagel was fighting a handful of RLC tickets and the Administrative Law Judge hearing the case dismissed two tickets based on short yellow light times.

The ALJ stated on the record that he was dismissing many tickets because of the sub-3 second yellow times.

“We’re having a big problem with these yellow lights,” Sussman said during the hearing in July. “Sixty to 70 percent are coming up under three seconds.”

Group Asks Aldermanic Candidates To Sign Anti-Camera Pledge

Red Light Camera Pledge

With city elections on the horizon for 2015, one local group is asking candidates for Chicago alderman to sign a pledge to vote for repealing the city’s red light and speed camera programs if they get elected.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras announced its new candidate pledge this week as part of their ongoing campaign to inform drivers about the cameras and voters about which aldermen voted for the city’s speed camera program.

“Red light cameras and speed cameras are unsafe, unfair and unconstitutional” said Mark Wallace, Director of the group. “As we continue our campaign to protest Aldermen who voted in favor of Chicago’s speed camera ordinance, we also want to recognize those elected officials who are championing our cause to ban the cams in Chicago,” said Wallace.

Redflex Bribery Battle Spills Into Federal Court

Redflex logoBy The Newspaper.com

A federal judge last week sided with the former executive vice president of red light camera manufacturer Redflex Traffic Systems who is suing his former employer for wrongful termination. District Judge George H. Wu issued a tentative ruling last Thursday in favor of Aaron M. Rosenberg.

The Australian firm fired Rosenberg after he was caught bribing a top city official in Chicago, Illinois. The company then sued Rosenberg and his wife in an Arizona court. Rosenberg, who lives in Los Angeles, countersued in California Superior Court in February, arguing he was just following orders from the company.

For his suit, Rosenberg served court papers on the Arizona and the California offices of Redflex. Redflex rejected this service, calling the Arizona corporation Redflex Traffic Systems Inc a “sham defendant, which does not exist.” The company insisted on removing the lawsuit to federal court because Rosenberg never worked for a California-based company.

Red Light, Speed Cam Protest Gets Loud Response From Drivers

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

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.

Anti-Camera Groups To Protest Dog Park Speed Cameras Saturday

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

Anti-red light/speed camera groups will be on the North Side Saturday to protest the city’s traffic camera policies–and in particular bring attention to a speed camera that protects dogs and not children.

Members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be protesting at the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Road between 11 AM and 2 PM.

This location has both a red light camera and a nearby speed camera just east on Irving Park Rd. which is situated between two cemeteries and near the entrance to a dog park.

The speed camera there is within 1/8th of a mile from the entrance to Challenger Park, but park is actually a dog run and is 3/8ths of a mile of parking lot from Irving Park Rd.

Video Coverage Of Red Light Camera Case In Illinois Supreme Court

ABC 7 was on hand in Ottawa, IL to cover the oral arguments for Keating V. Chicago in front of the Illinois Supreme Court last Wednesday.

WGN News also did a piece on the hearing but, use video of speed cameras not red light cameras in their reporting.

The day before the hearing, NBC 5 sat down with Patrick Keating, the class action lawsuit’s lead attorney, to lay out his case.

Red Light Roundup: Waukegan, E. St. Louis, Palos Hills & More

County State’s Attorney Stops East St. Louis “Speed Camera” Program

Speed camera enforcement is only legal in one city in Illinois–and that’s Chicago.

But that didn’t stop East St. Louis.

The city hired a private company to help them start issuing $240 camera tickets to drivers allegedly speeding in construction zones.

But now, after many complaints the St. Clair State’s Attorney stepped in and told the East St. Louis Police Department to discontinue the practice according to KDSK TV.

The Police Chief claims they are legal, but was forced to non-suit a bunch of these tickets recently because the State’s Attorney says these tickets are not being adjudicated by a judge but by an administrative law officer.

H/T: Stephen Donaldson

Palos Hills To Install New Red Light Camera

City’s Red Light Cameras Unlawful & Unconstitutional, State Supreme Court Told Wednesday

The historic Ottawa courthouse where the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the validity of the state and City of Chicago's red light camera laws.

The historic Ottawa courthouse where the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the validity of the state and City of Chicago’s red light camera laws.

OTTAWA — A class-action lawsuit that aims to end the city’s red-light camera program — and possibly lead to refunds to drivers for every ticket issued since it started in 2003 — was argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday, but justices gave no indication which way they might rule.

Attorney Mike Reagan told the court that the city did not have the legal authority to start using cameras in 2003 because the Illinois General Assembly had not passed a law specifically allowing this type of traffic enforcement.

Reagan also argued that the city, by using the cameras, actually violated Illinois laws requiring uniform traffic rules statewide, which applies to such things as the color of stop signs, traffic lights and other rules of the road.

“The city lacked the power to enact this ordinance,” Reagan said. The city law “destroys uniformity and uniform enforcement of traffic laws.”

State lawmakers did not OK automated red-light cameras until 2006, but then restricted their use to just eight of 102 counties, including Cook, the collar counties and counties near St. Louis.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.