City drivers could soon face more than just a ticket for a red-light violation if pending legislation in Springfield passes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is advocating for the bill, which would give the city the ability to ticket speeders in so-called public safety zones through the use of the already existing red-light camera system and the installation of ground-based speed strips.
A new report by Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) claims the system puts monetary profit over public safety. The group believes any deal between private companies and the city should include safeguards to better ensure the program is about the public good and not a cash cow for the city.
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