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Speed data used in selecting city speed camera locations seem to show Chicago’s traffic signals have yellow light times that are too short according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune acquired studies conducted with radar guns to survey the speed of vehicles at 168 locations around the city. The data showed that in the vast majority of locations drivers were travelling an average of 5 mph over the posted 30 mph limit.
The newspaper took this data to traffic safety engineers and experts and asked them, based on this data, are Chicago’s 3 second yellow light times set too short?
According to the people the Trib spoke too the answer is an overwhelming–YES.
Lawmakers there were trying to push through a bill that would allow automated speed cameras in construction zones and near schools to catch speeders and send them tickets in the mail. The bill would have also allowed for bus cameras to catch drivers illegally passing a bus when a bus’s stop arm was engaged while loading or unloading passengers.
However, according to WISH TV, Rep. Edmund Soliday (R-Valparaiso) pulled the bill just minutes before a final reading because he simply didn’t have the votes.
WISH TV contends their reporting quoting camera critics who believe these type of programs are about revenue instead of safety may have inspired debate challenging the bill.
Here’s the full report from WISH TV, “Speed camera proposal hits red light at Statehouse.”
Speed cameras in the Gage Park neighborhood will begin issuing warnings for the next 30-days starting Wednesday, January 7th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The three cameras are located near St. Gall Elementary School in the 5500 block of S. Kedzie and 3200 block of W. 55th street.
During the 30-day period notices will be mailed to vehicle owners traveling more than five mph over the 20 mph school speed limit on school days (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 7 AM to 4 PM–but only when children are present.
The red light camera an Belmont and Lake Shore Drive is one of the city’s highest volume RLC intersections.
A combination of poor traffic engineering, a confusing multi-street intersection and an allegedly short yellow light, the red light camera there caught over 18,000 violators in 2012 and generated more than $1.5 million in revenue.
So the members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras thought this was a perfect place to hold a protest to bring their message of ridding the city of red light and speed cameras to motorists Saturday, August 16th.
Demonstrators will be there passing out fliers and holding up signs from 11 AM to 2 PM. Other interested motorists are invited to attend.
Activists against the city’s red-light cameras are accusing the Chicago Police Department of trying to “bully” and “politically intimidate” them during a recent protest at 119th and Halsted streets.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras posted a video online recently which shows a police sergeant calling protesters’ signs blasting the camera program and local politicians “slanderous” and then threatening to arrest at least one demonstrator.
According to group member Scott Davis, about 25 to 30 protesters were standing on the sidewalks at the four corners of the intersection holding signs and passing out fliers opposing red-light and speed cameras last month.
One hand-lettered sign said, “Got Tickets? Blame Austin,” referring to Ald. Carrie Austin, whose 34th Ward is where the intersection is located. Other signs called out Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The group had selected the intersection because it was one of the many with cameras that showed sudden spikes in tickets that the city could not explain, according to a recent Tribune story. The city inspector general is reviewing the findings.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras returns to the North Side this weekend.
The anti-traffic camera group will be holding a protest Saturday, June 14th from 11 AM to 2 PM at the intersection of Western Avenue and Addison. The location, near Lane Tech High School boasts both speed camera and red light cameras.
The TV station’s investigative reporting found that drivers of the two vehicles assigned to the mayor received 17 red light camera tickets or speed camera warnings over the past two years.
But this doesn’t bother Illinois News Online columnist Ray Hanania.
Hanania loves Mayor Emanuel and believes since he’s such a busy guy and needs to do be going from one important meeting or appearance to another he and his drivers deserve a pass.
“He’s the mayor. Voters elect him and other mayors to represent them,” says Hanania in his column. “They have to be in 100 places at one time all the time. They have very little private life and time with their families. I say give them a break.”
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
First it was Mayor Emanuel. Now it’s Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Two weeks ago, ABC 7 reporter Ben Bradley ran the license plates on the Mayor’s motorcade and found out those two vehicles had racked up 17 red light camera tickets and/or speed camera warnings.
Monday night, Bradley had Preckwinkle in his sights. Or at least the vehicle which drivers her around.
Since ABC 7 caught Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade red (light) handed for racking up 17 red light or speed camera violations or warnings, the Mayor’s office has been scrambling to explain this embarrassing, hypocritical and dangerous driving behavior.
But now mayoral spokespeople are changing their tune and, seemingly misrepresenting the law.