CHICAGO – Republican Ward Committeeman Scott Davis of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to repeal the Chicago Speed Camera ordinance in light of the recent story of corporate and city corruption that led to the cancelling of the city’s red-light camera contract with Australian photo enforcement company Redflex.
“The Redflex disaster PROVES these cameras are NOT about safety, they are about revenue for a city struggling to live within its means, corporate profits for well-connected vendors and under the table payoffs to corrupt city officials” Davis said.
“There is still time for the City Council and the Mayor to do the right thing and end this nightmare by repealing the recent ordinance to install speed cameras throughout Chicago. These Cameras are unsafe, unwanted and unconstitutional” Davis said. The Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Speed Camera ordinance on April 18th, 2012 by a vote of 33-14, despite public opposition to the plan. Alderman Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward voted YES on the ordinance. Local polling since that vote showed that 54% of Chicago residents opposed speed cameras with 69% saying the cameras were about money, not safety. (Chicago Tribune| Secter, May 25, 2012)
“Chicago’s Red-light Camera story proves that photo enforcement is not about safety it is about hundreds of millions of dollars being picked from the pockets of everyday citizens to line corporate coffers and grease the wheels of corruption Chicago’s machine style political culture is notorious for” Davis said. A recent news story claims the city Inspector General is investigating the payment of $570,000 in sales commissions to a Redflex employee who furnished a city official responsible for managing the contract with lavish gifts, including a ticket to the Super Bowl. (Chicago Tribune| Kidwell, February 8, 2013)
“Taking $100 bills out of the pockets of poor and middle class residents does not protect children in these difficult economic times” Davis said. “That kind of money is food on the table for most families.” The cost of a Red Light Camera ticket is $100. Speed Camera fines will cost $35 for going 6-10 mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more. (Expired Meter|Brockway, April 11, 2012)