Everyone and their mother knows that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would rather sock it to residents and visitors with schemes instead of resorting to raising taxes. And by not raising taxes, Emanuel has a political pawn to play the next time he campaigns. But hitting up anyone and everyone by implementing "blind taxes" off their backs is something that only scumbags do to improve their bottom line. Besides with the addition of up to 300 speed cameras there will be vague and deceptive rules governing them.
And the greatest deception will effect those least familiar with the terrain!
Yet Rahm Emanuel has said from the beginning that the only purpose of these speed cameras are for safety reasons. Well if that is the case then why not use them as a warning device for say a year after installation so people can be educated properly? I mean safety and education go hand in hand right?
But that won't happen because this is nothing more than a Chicago Speed Camera Cash Grab!
And the company, American Traffic Solutions (ATC), which has earned the right to install and implement this program has all but confirmed it when they announced that after "a month-long test of the automated camera system indicate the city could reap well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in the program's first year."
Well, considering that Rahm Emanuel had hoped that some $30 million per year would be collected he must be tickled "money green" after learning that the one-month test revealed a staggering $4.7 million would have been collected in that period had tickets been issued.
But I find it extremely strange that ATC's numbers were able to mark 51,701 violations versus another competing firm's 41,540. Naturally that extra 10,000 violations would probably help everyone's bottom line in the 5-year $67 million contract, right? Almost sounds like the old days when speed guns were "tweaked" by municipal police departments to register a higher speed than what was actually read.
Of course this is just my opinion, but I would be real careful when it comes to trusting the intentions of government and a business that needs to make a "catch" in order to make a profit and justify its overhead and ability to effectively run the program.
Thank goodness my trips into Chicago are limited to doctor appointments and since he is getting way old now, that may change soon. Point is I have avoided going into the city as much as I can despite my love for its museums and other attractions. But I refuse to pay insane parking prices, increased taxes on everything and then having to worry about getting caught in a speed trap to boot.
There are many other places to go without the extra worries and/or cash outlay.