Haven't we had enough whining from motorists who think they should be able to tear through city streets without getting nailed by speed cameras?
The bellyaching has started again with the news that the cameras would have generated more — possibly much more — revenue than had been projected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel when he launched this campaign.
In just 45 days, the first 13 cameras installed near seven city parks clocked more than 233,000 speeders, who received warning violations. If they had been fined, the cameras would have generated $13.3 million in fines. Projected over an entire year, that's more than $106 million.
Predictably, the told-ya-so's are raining down, claiming this proves the cameras are designed solely to pick motorists' pockets and not for safety reasons.
Fine by me. If speeders help offset taxes for homeowners and renters, businesses, tourists (e.g. those gawd-awful high hotel taxes) and consumers, then why not?
Here's someone checking out his Passport iQ radar detector against a Chicago speed camera near Gomper's Park. Turns out that the radar detector is not of much use for the law-breaking motorist because it does not give all that much advanced warning. Good. (Is this guy--JohnVKaravitis--actually recording this video and providing commentary while he's driving? If he is that careless of a driver, I guess I'm not surprised that he has a radar detector.)