By Mark Weyermuller -
Sorry to disappoint you, but this protest produced no national news anchors, no arrests, and no tear gas.
The red-light camera protest last Saturday at Belmont and Lake Shore during the air show was more of a pep rally for the citizens of Chicago for liberty, freedom, and fairness.
An estimated 10,000 cars, joggers, walkers and bikers passed this busy intersection during the protest, which coincided with the ever-popular Chicago Air Show.
Radio show host Mark Wallace led 20 patriots for three hours along with 44th Ward GOP Committeeman and candidate for 44th Ward Alderman Scott Davis. They were joined by Barnet Fagel, also known as the "Red Light Doctor." Fagel has spent hours timing and video taping intersections with these cameras.
One of the many issues with red light cameras is the timing of the yellow light, which is required by state law to be a minimum of three seconds. Initial estimates on the camera at Belmont are short the legal minimum, at 2.8 seconds.
A short yellow light can produce more violators, more tickets and more revenue in fines for the city.
In a Facebook post this week, Scott Davis quoted Cook County Clerk David Orr as saying, "Pitched as a safety measure, red-cameras are really a way to nickel-and-dime average folks." Orr went on to say the program should be eliminated or scaled back.
The Chicago Tribune has jumped on the anti-red light camera bandwagon with a sizeable amount of coverage on the issue. The red light camera protests will continue every other Saturday.
Weyermuller with Mark Wallace and 44th Ward GOP Committeeman Scott Davis