To the Editor:
A local TV station did an investigative report on the top 10 locations in Chicago that produced the most amount of revenue from red-light cameras. It also disclosed the many number of tickets that were issued in each location and the incredible amount of revenue these cameras produced. One location alone gave out 3,777 tickets, which added $2 million to the city’s revenue!
The city of Chicago and all the surrounding municipalities that use them all say they’re installed to save lives and avoid traffic accidents. But do they?
The truth of the matter is that red-light cameras do not help to avoid traffic accidents. On the contrary, they have helped to cause many traffic accidents at many intersections from drivers who slam on their brakes, fearing the red-light camera will go off.
I once was a part-owner of a small messenger service before my retirement. I drove a commercial vehicle around the city and suburbs. Making deliveries in the city was a nightmare. More and more commercial loading zones were eliminated and more no-parking zones added. Why? More money for the city.
One thing is certain. If you drive in Chicago, the city is finding more ways to take your hard-earned money before you leave and head back home.
If you must head down to the city, take a train. And as far as attending a local sporting event, I find it a lot easier to stay home and watch the Cubs broadcast on TV!
Lake in the Hills