According to the AOL Auto Staff, Chicago is 8th on the list of the top ten biggest metropolitan speed traps. Chicago won this distinction by having the most red-light cameras of any American city. Of course, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would argue that the proliferation of red-light cameras makes for a safer Windy City. The revenue Emanuel gets from the red-light cameras also helps take the red out of his budget .
AOL regurgitated the report from Trapster, a community of 15 million drivers that monitors traffic violations across the nation. It is pointed out that cities don’t pay for the cameras, and split the lucre 50-50 with the company that installs them. The report also alleges that some unscrupulous cities shorten the yellow interval to augment their take. Something Chi-town wouldn’t think of doing. Ya thunk!
In any event Chicago has become a red-light district. Just like in dem glorious hinky days of old.
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