Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, November 18

  • CDOT: Speed Cams Have Resulted in an 18% Reduction in Injury Crashes Within Safety Zones
  • Kidwell’s Latest Crusade: Defending Rights of Drivers to Go 10+ MPH Over Speed Limit (Tribune)
  • Plans to Remove Red Light Cams in Edison Park Dropped After Residents Say They’re Needed (DNA)
  • More Coverage of the Light Sentence for the Drunk Driver Who Killed Hector Avalos (Tribune)
  • The Entire Blue Line Now Has 4G Wireless Service (CTA)
  • Amtrak Is Adding 10 Chicago-Michigan Runs for Thanksgiving Travel (Michigan Live)
  • Des Plaines Approves $150K for Underpass Study — Some Aldermen Balk at Cost (Tribune)
  • Closures Planned for Ramp Between LSD & the Stevenson (DNA)
  • Proposals for Alternative ‘L’ Map Designs (Curbed)

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  • Lakeview Guy

    The “study” released by CDOT is a pathetic attempt to divert attention from the illegally issued tickets, which the Tribune has reported (and of course, you, John, fail to mention.
    Nothing from CDOT can be trusted. They relatedly lie, don’t answer questions, and issue tickets when they are not supposed to. So no one should trust this.

  • Pat

    As John mentioned before, I was a mistake to tie the speed cams to park/school zones. While at the time, that was the only way to get the legislation and sell it to the public, it might ultimately be it’s downfall.

    Speed cameras should be eligible to be placed in any area that sees a high volume of speeding, crashes, and in any school/park zones. There should be no cap.

  • JKM13

    The one legit grievance with the speed cameras has to do with school zones. School zones are all over the city and have never had clear enforcement (in fact, I’m sure many view them similarly to advisory speeds on ramps). If a school zone speed limit reduces the speed from 30 to 20, even in cases where no children are present, then receiving a ticket going 31 is a trap. We should either make the speed limit 20 permanently in those areas, or give a better visual indication when it is enforced (school speed limit sign w/flashing lights when enforced, perhaps).

  • Pat

    I agree. Or the 20 MPH zone should be enforced fully during set times, not just if a child is present. Even if a police officer were to pull you over for this violation, I imagine it would be hard to prove (or disprove) that a child was present.

  • Pat

    Also, I did not know about the 20 MPH caveat regarding the speed cameras in school zones. Seems foolish that a tech has to look at the photos to determine if a child is present. Maybe they see one, and get it right. Maybe they don’t and issue a false ticket. Maybe they issue no ticket and the kid was standing under the camera. Too many maybes. Either make it 20 MPH for a set time (school hours on school days) and state it clearly, or just make it 20 MPH for good.

  • JacobEPeters

    That photo gallery the tribune provided is just creepy. I understand that they are contesting whether a child is in the photo, but it implies that endangering those adults seen walking in these photos is somehow acceptable. It should be about safety regardless of age. Habitual speeding and running of red lights are a danger any pedestrian knows first hand.

  • Lakeview Guy

    The “study” released by CDOT is a pathetic attempt to divert attention from the illegally issued tickets, which the Tribune has reported (and of course, you, John, fail to mention.
    Nothing from CDOT can be trusted. They relatedly lie, don’t answer questions, and issue tickets when they are not supposed to. So no one should trust this.

  • cjlane

    “school hours on school days”

    I realize that that was an off the cuff suggestion, but that’s totally not the correct timing–it should be for two hours around the start of school, and 2 hours around the end of school. Plus added time at lunch for HS’s with open campuses, and in the evenings for most HS’s.

    Because, the fact is that “during school hours”, virtually all the kids are safely *in school*.

  • Pat

    Yah, it was an off the cuff comment. With after school programs and the like I think 6-9 around schools would be fair.

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