Speed Cameras, Chicago Police, & My Tribune

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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  • There comes a time when people trade their freedom for safety and security. That time for you, sir, is now.

    Others don't like the idea that there are so many cameras following their every moves.

    The idea that these speed cameras will be for safety of "the children" is a joke. It's for more money for the city.

    How about we put cameras on the heads of all elected and appointed officials and make sure that they are not stealing money that is meant "for the children".

    How about a camera in every house, "for the children", where violations of some various law can be immediately ticketed or so police can come out and take a person away?

    As far as crossing the street -- look both ways. Life is a lottery, you know.

  • In reply to RareGuy:

    I have no problems giving up some of freedom for safety and security and I have no problems with cameras following their every moves as I try to obey laws and ordinances.

    There's no doubt the cameras will be used as a money maker for the city, Though, I agree using children's safety as the reason is for the cameras isn't as transparent as the Rahmster says city government will be under him.

    "How about we put cameras on the heads of all elected and appointed officials and make sure that they are not stealing money that is meant "for the children".......I agree to this and I'm all for cameras to put in council meetings and any sub-sommitee for all resients to view, possibly on cable access on the Ciy Hall channel. And, I would like to see the attorney general watching over the alderman have more power and not be restricted as well.

    How about a camera in every house, "for the children", where violations of some various law can be immediately ticketed or so police can come out and take a person away? ........Yes, this does seems like it's not too farfetched to see this happening in the future ala the movie "Demolition Man' where people were ticketed for foul language and immediately indentified and give a ticket ......Remember how people thought the comunicators (cell hpnes) used in Star Trek was going to be a way people would communicate in the future...

    As far as crossing the street -- look both ways. Life is a lottery, you know..........this is too bitter for me to respond to....

  • I mean sub-committee

  • It's all about money for the City. These tickets are not heard in court and guilty findings are not reported to the Secretary of State. So, no, it has nothing to do safety. More money for the city and less for the County and the State.

  • In reply to John Chatz:

    John, I agree with you. it's the same lame excuses the city council and Daley used for red light cameras....public safety....

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