I may be in the small minority of people that truly wants speed cameras in Chicago. But, I would like to see more cameras put in places other than in areas around schools and parks. And, I would like to see the cameras be operational 24/7 and not just during certain hours and days of the week.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ask Ald. Anthony Sposato of the 36th Ward about the speeders that have turned the ward into a mini-Autobahn by drivers racing motorcycles and cars at dangerously high speeds at all hours of the day and night. Ald. Sposato told me he was well aware of the problem with speeders and told me that there are three major areas which are problematic within our ward. he mentioned Forest Preserve Drive (which I voiced my concern about) along with River and Irving Park Roads.
Additionally, Ald. Sposato explained to me that he has talked to the district police commander and was told they couldn't spare the manpower to have officers planted in each of the areas to catch speeders. Ald. Sposato and myself both agreed the money needed to pay for the police manpower to catch speeders would pay for itself ten times over and possibly more. Plus, I would think more revenue from speeders could help to hire more police which Chicago sorely needs right now.
If Mayor Emanuel truly wants to keep our children safe on the streets of Chicago, I suggest he should look into expanding the reach of the speed cameras, extending the hours and days of operating the cameras, and hiring more police officers to work speed traps to catch speeders. Wouldn't more cameras and more police on the streets solve a lot of problems in Chicago?
I would think more cameras and police on the streets would make the streets safer for everyone throughout the day, bring in more revenue to the city, help to keep Mayor Emanuel's campaign promise of more police on the street, and selfishly, I could walk across the street to get the newspaper and my lottery tickets without worrying about getting 'mowed' down.
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