Watch this video of a small experiment conducted by Volkswagen in Sweden where people who sped funded a lottery that those who didn’t speed were automatically entered into.
Watch The Speed Camera Lottery on YouTube.
Will speed cameras successfully reduce speeding and injuries in Chicago? Would you support such a speed camera lottery? Do you ever think the speed camera lottery would “die”, meaning that people would stop speeding and the lottery would no longer have revenue?
Here’s some background reading on speed cameras.
The way Mayor Emanuel is now handling the issue, and the Chicago Tribune’s requests and interviews for more information is despicable, damaging to the real issue that people are being hurt while walking, cycling, and driving, and against his own claims to operate City Hall transparently.
During the 90-minute interview, Emanuel repeatedly accused the newspaper of downplaying the safety benefits of cameras by ignoring a city study that he said shows red light cameras have reduced nearby fatalities by 60 percent.
“I’ve had people call you with it, and you refuse to publish it,” he said.
“If the report is wrong you should go analyze that report,” Emanuel said.
But his press secretary later said the report could not be provided to the newspaper because key portions were “confidential.”
The Emanuel administration used similar language to reject the vast majority of the newspaper’s Oct. 27 Freedom of Information Act requests for any administration records and correspondence that would explain the underpinnings of the speed camera plan. Read the full story. Read the transcript.
The Chicago Tribune is trying to determine why the Mayor is making a big push to have speed cameras in Chicago.
Emanuel’s truncated disclosure of speed camera documents makes it difficult to shed light on the origins of the speed camera policy. The mayor has declared he was moved to act by the pleas of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, the two officials most responsible for school safety.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that both the police chief and the head of schools came to me and said that we have a problem that is distinct from other cities, I would not have pushed something forward just because I’m looking for another unpopular issue to tackle,” Emanuel said last week.
Regardless of his current intentions or actions, which I hope he corrects immediately, first by releasing the information the newspaper is requesting, there is research that shows that speed cameras reduce the incidence of speeding and the amount of speeding overage. And it’s clear that speeding is a major cause of crashes.
I’d also like to hear questions you have about speed cameras that no one may have answered yet.
Photo by Katherine of Chicago.
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