Trib Wakes Up On RLC

Today the Trib finally woke up to the nightmare of private for-profit companies that deploy traffic cameras and enter into contracts to ticket for “civil” traffic offenses committed by vehicles, and collect money to make their profit.  Red Light Cameras was the first manifestation of this scurrilous abuse of consent of the governed.

Read the Tribune article here.

The Trib also lays out the major players in the unfolding RLC rip-off.

Read the Trib article on the players here.


Claremont Traffic Calming

Public Works designs measures into a project for this summer.


Slow down, Parnelli...

Claremont Drive is one of those unobtrusive residential streets that provide an alternate east west traverse from Main Street all the way through to Cass Avenue in Darien.  While there are a couple curves at the Main Street end, for the most part it’s a straight shot from one end to the other.   The problem has always been the street’s through nature encourages speeding, making the neighborhoods all along the way less safe, not just  around those curves.

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Metra Gives Council The Word

Metra says what it is.

And it is good. Three plus years to build, a separate pedestrian underpass to the west, three construction stages, and a construction time-line chart that is clean as can be, all inside…

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Red Light Cameras Part 3: Brutal Honesty, Please

In parts 1 and 2 you should have gotten a crystal clear understanding that safety and red light cameras, RLC, are not connected. Communities are removing them as others are putting them in. The ones that are pulling them out are doing so because the facts and evidence don’t support the claim that RLC make people safer.

It’s always about the money

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Red Light Cameras Part 2: Not So Safe

The insurance industry, and the Red Light Camera (RLC) suppliers them selves lobby hard and long to get RLC put up wherever they can. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a front 100% funded by insurance companies, puts out reports that purport to show how RLC increase safety at intersections.

It ain’t about safety. RLC actually contribute to more accidents and more injuries.

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Red Light Cameras Part 1: Smile

This is a spy red light camera. It takes pictures of cars that run red lights. Take a good look, and start taking a look around.

Illinois’ state lawmakers voted in 2006 to allow the devices, and the move toward red-light cameras has been gaining momentum ever since.

At the June 17th council meeting, commissioners asked for preliminary information from staff about red light cameras. Commissioners cautioned that this was just a first look, just asking for information from staff, as if anticipating resident backlash.


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Traffic Calming: The Power of the Whiteboard

Tonight council approved sweeping simplifications to the traffic calming ordinances and to the processes residents must go through to get village help in their neighborhoods; help to combat drivers that drive too fast down residential streets.

Unlike the recent updating of ordinances, definitions, and language undertaken singly by the Planning Department, Acting Village Manager Dave Fieldman and Assistant Village Manager Mike Baker, along with Interim Public Works Director Robin Weaver and her department, the Planning Department, Police Department, Village Attorney Enza Petrarca, and others, all huddled around a whiteboard and hashed it out.

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