I'm no fan of red-light cameras. Not because they'd catch me in a violation. No, it has more to do with disliking being spied on . You know, the big-brother syndrome.
So I live with them. Begrudgingly.
Which brings me to a notorious scofflaw in this context. Mayor Emanuel.
It seems his official vehicle has driven through 5 red-lights in the past several months. (It should be noted there were 17 previous instances too.) He was not driving of course. His motorcade, you see, consists of two cars. He was presumably in the back of the second SUV, the one that went through the light.
Emanuel explained to the press that he has nothing to hide, he paid the fines, and so demonstrated that he is not above the law.
It simply was a case of the leading car going through the yellow, and the tail car going through the red to stay connected. After all, how would the car he was in ever catch up if it had to wait for the red to change to green again?
One would think that the solution would be obvious. The lead car would pull over after negotiating the light and wait awhile to reconnect.
Too simple, I guess.
The Mayor is a busy man with much on his mind. Perhaps he didn't notice it happened.
But it happened again. And again. And again. And again...
Yes, Mayor, I heard you. You paid your fines. How about paying more attention to the red lights.