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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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Moe Torrist
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…
Gabe Klein will ride his bicycle into the sunset as the city’s Commissioner of Transportation at the end of November.
Klein, announced his resignation Friday, leaving a position he held for two and a half years to rejoin the public sector according to the Chicago Tribune.
Klein was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push a heavy, pro-bike, pro-pedestrian, alternative transportation agenda which included the Divvy bike sharing program, restarting the Bloomingdale Trail project and overseeing Emanuel’s promise to build 100 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of his first term.
But Klein had raised the ire of many Chicago drivers by spearheading the city’s new speed camera enforcement system–a program that looks to generate tens of millions of dollars a year. Despite the lack of corroborating crash data to substantiate the need for speed cameras, supporters bought into Klein’s claim it would reduce pedestrian crashes–in particular juvenile pedestrian crashes.
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
Chicago’s embattled red light camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, released a report Monday detailing improper and potentially criminal behavior by the company, a hired consultant and a former city official.
The report has prompted one alderman, Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd), to call for a halt to an effort by the city to seek a new five-year contract for the city’s red light camera program.
The filing with the Australian Securities Exchange by Redflex Holdings, the parent company of Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, summarizes a report by Sidley Austin, the company hired to investigate potential ethical issues brought to light by the Chicago Tribune in October, 2012.
Headed by former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, the report contends the company’s relationship with former Chicago Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner John Bills, who oversaw the city’s red light camera program, was not only improper but “will likely be considered bribery by the authorities.”
According to the report, Redflex paid for vacation-related expenses for at least 17 separate trips taken by Bills between 2003 and 2010. This included hotel rooms, airline flights, car rentals, meals and golf games. Bills also received a computer and played golf and ate meals locally on the company’s dime here in Chicago.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago