More whines about red light cameras

Are red light cameras truly a safety device or are they just a plot by money-hungry towns to raise bundles of cash? (It's debated here.)

Here's my take: The more money they raise for cash-strapped towns like Chicago and some suburbs, the better.
Look at it this way: Consider it to be a tax on people who believe it
is their right to disregard


traffic laws. Want to endanger the rest of
us? Then pay extra for it.

Of course, I might feel differently the first time I get caught rolling through a red light.


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  • Interesting thoughts, Dennis. Make sure you check out what Chicagoans on Twitter had to say... Roundup here:

  • My name is Barnet Fagel and I am the Illinois Activist and Traffic Researcher for the National Motorists Association. I have witnessed red light ticket camera (RLTC) company presentations to city councils only to realize that the subject of safety was rarely mentioned just the ongoing potential revenue stream. Look to for vital truthful information that targets the misconceptions, propaganda and bias that surrounds this subject. Nobel intentions aside, if you want to find out the truth about something follow the dollar, conversely, if you want to find out the deceptions follow the same dollar.
    Independent traffic studies have shown around the country that RLTCs have actually increased traffic collisions after a brief reduction. RLTCs have consistently been shown to put pedestrians at greater risk too. Drivers are more focused on traffic signals rather than pedestrians. CTA drivers racked up 1,200 RLTC fines amounting to 120,000 Dollars but the CTA cited safety and schedule priorities and refused to pay. The CTA referred to the citations as a

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