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Anti-Speed, Red Light Camera Groups Plan Saturday Protest

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers Saturday on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park.

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park at a similar protest last year.

Two anti-camera enforcement groups will be targeting 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett at a protest this Saturday, April 19th.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be near Union Park on the city’s near West Side from 11 AM to 2 PM with signs, fliers and manpower to remind drivers of Burnett’s part in passing Chicago’s speed camera ordinance in 2012.

“Now is the time to take action and inform the VOTERS of Chicago about what their elected officials are doing when they are not watching,” group officials say via e-mail. “It’s time to Ban The Cams!”

Burnett was a yes vote for installing speed cameras near parks and schools.

Anti-Camera Groups Debut Protest Campaign Targeting Aldermen

Two anti-speed camera protestors from Cook County Campaign for Liberty and Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras participate at a protest several months ago near wave to supportive drivers Saturday on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park.

Two anti-speed camera protestors from Cook County Campaign for Liberty and Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras participate at a protest near Gompers Park this past fall.

Chicago City Council members who supports the city’s speed camera programs better watch out.

Because two local activist groups are planning on spending the next year protesting and working to unseat any alderman who voted for the newly minted camera enforcement system.

Cook County Campaign for Liberty and Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras are teaming up to conduct weekly protests at speed camera and red light camera sites in wards where aldermen support this type of enforcement.

“We intend to hit as many of these aldermen as possible this summer,” explained Cook County Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty. “We want to identify local leaders in every part of the city and take action on these candidates and flip 12 aldermen to no votes so we can get 26 no votes on the city council (to repeal the speed camera program).”

Sun-Times: Speed Cameras Issued $3.7 Million In Tickets So Far

Mayor Rahm Emanuel answers questions about lower than expected speed camera revenue at a press conference Thursday. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel answers questions about lower than expected speed camera revenue at a press conference Thursday. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

Since August, Chicago’s 92 speed cameras have only issued $3.7 million in speeding tickets and the city has only collected $1.5 million thus far according to the Sun-Times.

That’s a far cry from the $70 million in speed camera revenue the city had budgeted for in 2013. Revenues from speed cams were supposed to fund school programs and traffic safety enhancements like painting crosswalks, paying for crossing guards and police staffing.

The bottom line data is that motorists are slowing down at most locations with two speed cam zones seeing drops of 97% between the start of the camera’s 30-day warning period and the present. Horner Park (Montrose side) and McKinley Park (on Pershing) both have shown these precipitous drops.

New CDOT Head Reconsidering Details Of Ashland BRT?

Rebekah Schoeinfeld. Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago.

Rebekah Schoeinfeld. Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago.

Rebekah Scheinfeld got a big thumbs up Monday.

Scheinfeld won approval by the Chicago City Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday after a hearing on her nomination according to the Sun-Times.

At the hearing, Scheinfeld said some interesting things.

First, she admitted she has very little knowledge of the city’s burgeoning speed camera program saying she’s, “not up to speed on speed cameras.”

CBS 2 Reports On Anti-Red Light, Speed Camera Group

CBS 2 News catches up with Citizens Against Red Light Cameras, who have now added speed cameras to their regular protests around the city.

The group is still working to add signatures to their petition to have a vote on an advisory ballot measure in an upcoming election. CBS 2 reports the group has 52,000 signatures so far.

Sauganash Speed Cameras A Trap Say Residents

Residents of the Northwest Side Sauganash neighborhood are saying speed cameras along Peterson Avenue are a speed trap according to ABC 7 News.

Residents say the speed limit in a stretch of Cicero Avenue between Peterson and Devon has always been 35 mph–that’s until the speed cameras went in.

Now, the speed limit is 35 mph but drops to 30 mph for about three blocks, then goes back up to 35 mph past the speed cameras.

Residents say this is the very definition of a speed trap and they don’t like it.

Here’s the full story from ABC 7 News, “Sauganash speed camera zone draws complaints for conflicting signs.”

Thanks to Barnet Fagel, the Red Light Doctor for the great tip!

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.

Video: The Expired Meter On CAN-TV’s Issue Forum-Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of a recent conversation The Expired Meter’s nitwit publisher The Parking Ticket Geek had with Frank Avila, the host of CAN-TV‘s Issue Forum.

The two discussed the city’s notorious parking meter lease deal, the new speed camera program, ways to possibly avoid speed camera tickets as well as tips for fighting improper parking tickets.

Here’s Part 1 of the interview with the Geek if you, like many, many others with much better things to do, happened to have missed it.

Speed Camera Tickets Start At 3 More Locations Saturday

A speed camera near Douglas Park watches for speeders on Roosevelt Road.

Time’s up.

Lead-footed drivers that drive through or by Humboldt Park (3100 W. Augusta Blvd.), Douglas Park (2900 W. Ogden Ave.) and Major Taylor Trail Park (445 W. 127th St.) need to slow down or pay up.

The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday that speed cameras at those three parks will stop issuing warnings and begin issuing $35 and $100 tickets beginning on Saturday, November 30th.

But, despite the city’s legal authority to issue tickets for drivers going as low as 6 mph over the speed limit, CDOT says it will only issue tickets for vehicles traveling 10 mph or more over the posted limit. That threshold will be lowered over time according to CDOT, but no firm time frame for this was given.

Guest Opinion: A Thank You Letter To Gabe Klein

Outgoing CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. Photo credit: City of Chicago.

By Moe Torrist

Dear Gabe:

On November 1, 2013, you announced your resignation as Chicago’s Transportation Commissioner. In the wake of that announcement, you have received the heartfelt thanks from those who seek to eliminate cars from the streets of Chicago.

But please don’t think that Chicago’s motorists are ungrateful for all that you (along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel) have done, in your brief two and a half year stint as Transportation Commissioner. To that end, we, the motorists of Chicago, would like to offer our sincere thanks for all of your good works. In particular, we would like to sing your praises for all of the following accomplishments…