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In Illinois, there’s only one municipality in the state where speed camera enforcement is allowed–Chicago.
But if a downstate lawmaker gets his way, this invasive species may expand to the entire state of Illinois.
Members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras have held dozens of protests over the years but until now, have never faced a counter-protest before.
Polls show, almost universally, save for the uninformed or anti-data/anti-safety crowd, red light and speed camera are loathed by Chicagoans.
But at this past Saturday’s protest against the cameras at 63rd & Pulaski along with
Jason Gonzales, a political challenger to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’a seat, faced a large contingent of counter protesters.
The anti-Gonzales demonstrators were full-throated in their support of the cameras and Madigan, who has been blocking a vote on a bill in Springfield to ban automated traffic cameras statewide.
Perhaps not coincidentally, John Bills, a foot soldier for Madigan, was recently convicted on 20 counts of bribery when he ran the city’s red light camera program starting from its inception in 2003.
First there was red light cameras.
Then there were speed cameras.
Now, if Alderman Brandon Reilly (42nd) has his way, there may be intersection cameras according to DNA Info.
During city council budget hearings focusing on the Department of Transportation, the downtown alderman discussed the problem of motorists who get stuck in the intersection after their traffic light turns red, thus blocking any cross traffic from moving through the intersection while the light is green. He specifically cited the intersection of Randolph and LaSalle just outside City Hall.
Spring weather will bring the crew from the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras out this weekend for their first protest of 2015.
The group will meet and protest at the intersection of 55th & Western Saturday morning at 11 AM.
This particular location has both red light camera enforcement and speed camera enforcement at nearby Gage Park.
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.