Contrary to its claims, the City of Chicago’s red light cameras are not based on safety, according to an Inspector General (IG) audit of the program that brought in more than $71 million in revenue for the city last year.
The audit, released on May 14, sought to determine if the city’s 384 red light cameras were installed based on the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) “stated primary criterion of reducing angle crashes to increase safety.”
The IG found no evidence to support the city’s rationale for the program, which is to “increase safety on Chicago streets.”
“CDOT was unable to substantiate its claims that the City chose to install red light cameras at intersections with the highest angle crash rates in order to increase safety,” the IG said. “Neither do we know, from the information provided by CDOT, why cameras in locations with no recent angle crashes have not been relocated, nor what the City’s rationale is for the continued operation of any individual camera at any individual location.”
The IG also found it “troubling” that the CDOT could not provide any documentation as to how they chose intersections to place red light cameras and why cameras remain at intersections that have reported no accidents.
The program issued 612,278 tickets in 2012, and generated revenue totaling $71,943,053.00.
It’s simple: these kinds of tactics are legalized exploitation of the people. it is not about your safety or even the “law”; this is purely about profit and they take your money because they can. The State: a human parasite on the people.
I think having selectively enforced laws is an advantage for government. It’s the same reason they write 400,000 traffic laws. The reason is because if they want some money out of you, then here’s a nice labyrinth of obstacles and booby traps you need to dodge, weave and tip-toe through, knowing full well that it’s next to impossible not to break at least one little law.
They can always get you for something if they want you, and they’ve built it that way intentionally and strategically. Not only this, but it has the added benefit of perpetuating and funding that system as if it’s legitimate or lawful in the first place.
How many ridiculous laws does there need to be for people to wake up to the increasing police state around them? How many laws will it take for people to finally recognize the ill intent of our so-called government?
Cop Rear Ends Motorcycle and Intimidates Driver Into Submission
The cop was wrong. The right answer is that all drivers should leave enough space between them and the person in front of them in case they do have to suddenly hit the brakes. The police officer clearly was not leaving enough space between him and the rider. The police officer goes on to threaten the man with tickets, forcing the legally uneducated motorcycle rider to submit.