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  •  Well, a fine is a big motivator... (6+ / 0-)

    ...to change behavior.

    One other thing that I noticed was, when we installed countdown pedestrian signals at intersections equipped with red-light cameras, people tended to obey the signals more, and were less likely to try and blow the yellow intervals. This was even apparent on the un-cameraed legs of interesections, since the law requires that all legs have the "Photo Enforcement" signs.

    And Chicago could have had many, many more speed cameras, since the software for the red-light camras could have been modified to include that function. The cameras at signalized intersections would have been doing double duty. As it is, the installation of the cameras around schools and parks is a better use of the technology.

    My opinion is that one driver of the fines is the contractor, so if the City were to have sufficient staff to maintain and service the enforcement cameras without using a contractor, it would partially lessen the money angle. Unfortunately, the tendency has been to reduce City forces, including police, which is what was the original driver of installing enforcement cameras in the first place.

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