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The beginning of the end of red light cameras?

GasBuddy Blog -- Red light cameras have been a thorn in the side of thousands or perhaps millions of American motorists. One of the cities with the most red light cameras in use- Chicago- is now looking into whether they are used to improve safety or to maximize revenue for the city.

Not surprisingly, the only reason Chicago is now evaluating the program is thanks to corruption, which, like moniker the Windy City, is a staple of the largest inland U.S. city.

According to The Expired Meter, a Chicago area motorist blog, Chicago’s red light camera program is the nation’s largest with 384 cameras at 191 intersections, generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue every year.

The article goes on to say that at last Wednesday...


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Donatelo
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 11:34:47 AM

enough cameras everywhere.
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motehab
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 9:37:36 AM

Not a fan of them.
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 8:09:28 AM

obey the law and you don't get tickets
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CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 12:03:26 PM

Red light cameras don't improve safety, intersections with cameras installed usually see a rise in collisions, especially when policy makers allow the private companies that run the cameras to shorten the yellow light.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 7:48:08 AM

Here's the bottom line: If you don't break the law, you won't get a ticket. You know where the red light and speed cameras are. Don't go through those intersections after it turns amber and don't speed along that section of road.

If there is an error, go to court and have it thrown out. That's what the court system is there for. To produce justice for all parties.

There is nothing wrong with these systems. Really. Stop whining when you get caught breaking the law.
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johnwinger
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 7:26:22 AM

Guilty without a trial
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BDNNOD
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Message Posted: May 10, 2013 2:56:39 AM

THEY WERE A GOOD IDEA ... BUT THE 'FALSE' FLASH ISSUES JUST MEANT MORE CASH IN THE LOCAL COFFERS, UNLESS YOU TOOK THE TIME TO GO TO COURT WITH THE PHOTO EVIDENCE THEY POSYED ONLINE.
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RedwingsGranny
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 3:41:59 PM

Cameras are a good way to help improve safety.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 12:02:49 AM

got to go... illegal money grab
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Chris46
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Message Posted: May 7, 2013 3:07:45 PM

Pain
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sks1586
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 8:19:37 AM

Every strategy has 2 sides. Majority should be the strategy decision makers. Unfortunately majority suffer with Red light cameras, because of their presence below the level of lawmakers. Unjust but a truth of life.

[Edited by: sks1586 at 5/4/2013 8:20:57 AM EST]
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 6:58:37 PM

old news but hope they are all removed -- not a safety issue at all just for them to take more money from us all
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:24:34 PM

Red light cameras are only a pain if you run lights. Drive smart the life you save might be mine.
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Mopar4me
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:37:18 PM

right on Danny boy! That's why they can be beat in court.
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Rainy1
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:37:12 PM

"A thorn in the side?" That's an understatement!
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 1:42:10 PM

very old and very illegal
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2013 1:42:43 AM

Point the cameras toward the sidewalks, that is where the real crime is.

Or better yet, put them in City Hall and its back rooms.
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fourdezzzz
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2013 10:16:43 PM

The cameras may not be red light only. But serve a higher purpose?
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paulweb
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Message Posted: Apr 21, 2013 7:44:29 AM

Not a problem in our area.
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2013 5:53:42 AM

Lets hope so
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:24:19 AM

it think they are a wrong approach
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wolfsbane
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 7:46:59 AM

Once they get started they are hard to stop.
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werich44
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2013 7:32:25 AM

It's politics as usual in Chicago, the most corrupt city in the U.S.
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benjy
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 9:08:02 PM

this is a bullcrap story.. Chicago is'nt evaluating anything but a new camera than has Radar Speed technology...A true Fact....
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 10:46:11 PM

illegal - unfair money grabs
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 9:12:02 AM

too many cameras, put them in high crime areas though.
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 4:02:19 AM

good luck!! easy money
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:46:51 PM

they are losing court cases to keep these in place... the whole due process thing
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:50:45 AM

i do not like camera's everywhere, i say increase the fines then some people may think.
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MizzouRah2011
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:48:15 PM

I realize they can be a pain, but if one follows the law, they will not get a ticket.
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mabrams184
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:39:11 PM

This is ripe for corruption.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 3:40:35 PM

yep
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SalukiCO
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 12:01:48 PM

Yeah, let's blame the evil "Chicago corruption" for drivers running red lights. Please explain to me, PD, what corruption has to do with people disobeying traffic control signals. Stop running red lights and it is of little worry to you or anyone else. There would be no revenue to "maximize" if drivers were not running the lights at an alarming rate.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 10:30:35 AM

I think that their needed.
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docisnot
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 9:38:17 AM

I think they just turned off all of the cameras in San Diego.
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gasrat6083
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 12:50:14 PM

Corruption in Chicago? NAH.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 9:16:01 AM

I guess the next thing we will hear is that George W. Bush will be blamed for the red light cameras! LOL
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 2:15:57 AM

Not a fan of these cameras.
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gobux10
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:26:35 PM

Don't like them
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hpmossii
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:03:51 PM

What's the big deal about some intersections generating a higher volume of revenue than others? It would be more surprising if all the intersections generated the same volume of revenue. The revenue is based on where people break the law and run the lights.
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unicornIL
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:02:38 AM

everything can be abused, people need to obey the law
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WhiteTreeIndian
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 2:57:31 AM

Cops have no business stealing your money. Cameras ARE ILLEGAL.
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Radicalrose
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 12:05:55 AM

we have cameras but they never use them.... think of the lost revenue after the expense of installing the cameras..... why not use them???????
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:12:45 PM

We have a big crime problem in the country folks. We have burglars and daylight robberies.....assults and home invasions. We need our cops patroling and working hard to see to our safety...not running speed traps and lurking around traffic lights and otherwise molesting law abiding motorist! We can free 'em up (cops) by using these cameras. Let's buck up and not let a few cry babies nit pick them out of existance. Stand up for yourselves and your families safety and survival! More cameras!!!
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:08:40 PM

If cameras can free up cops to patrol and protect my property and family..then leave em up. If you don't like it, start obeying them and you too can help save lives. Let's be all "grown up" on this guys.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:15:26 AM

Not worth 63 Votes!!
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fuzzyscout
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:28:12 AM

Not running a red light does not guarantee that you won't get a ticket. In some systems, people read the plates shown in the photos. A friend (no, a real friend; not me) received a ticket in the People's Republic of the District of Columbia when he could prove that he and his car were hundreds of miles away. He also thought that it was clear in the photo that the plate was not his. In DC, people who have jobs often pay the tickets rather than wait the hours necessary to file an appeal, because it is cheaper than taking time from work; paying parking fees near the traffic adjudication bureau, etc.

My friend was sufficiently outraged to take the time to fight, and win, his case.
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rwg13
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:25:53 AM

If people don't run red lights, then there would be no tickets.

There was an intersection near my house with an average of 1 death a year over the last 15 years, caused by people running red lights. When teaching my son to drive, I took him to that intersection to show him that just because your light is green, do not assume you are safe.

It's much cheaper to have a camera than a cop catching the slackers and criminals running the red lights.
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 5:20:17 AM

I you don't run a red light, you don't need to worry
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SilverBullet11
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:30:51 AM

The cities are only interested in the extra revenue with no cops writing tickets. Motorist will continue to speed through yellow lights to beat the red light !!!
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