Lakeview neighborhood Republican Ward Committeeman Scott Davis, today called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to repeal the Chicago Speed Camera ordinance in light of the recent story of corporate and city corruption that led to the canceling of the city’s red-light camera contract with Australian photo enforcement company Redflex.
The Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Speed Camera ordinance on April 18th, 2012 by a vote of 33-14, despite public opposition to the plan. Local polling since that vote showed that 54% of Chicago residents opposed speed cameras with 69% saying the cameras were about money, not safety.
In the recent Tribune news story it tells how the City Inspector General and an Redflex internal probe is investigating the payment of $570,000 in sales commissions to a Redflex employee who furnished a former city transportation official responsible for managing the contract with lavish gifts, including a ticket to the Super Bowl.
“There is still time for the City Council and the Mayor to do the right thing and end this nightmare by repealing the recent ordinance to install speed cameras throughout Chicago. These Cameras are unsafe, unwanted and unconstitutional” Davis said. “Taking $100 bills out of the pockets of poor and middle class residents does not protect children in these difficult economic times, that kind of money is food on the table for most families.”
The cost of a Red Light Camera ticket is $100. Speed Camera fines will cost $35 for going 6-10 mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.