$7.5 Million for Traffic Cops
- Defying Mayor Daley, a joint City Council committee agreed today to spend $7.5 million generated by red light cameras to hire 100 more police officers to enforce the city's traffic laws.
We wrote about this before (post #1, post #2) and we think we suggested making a traffic task force. Traffic is notoriously understaffed and the radar equipment is out of date and functions poorly. Deputy Chief of Patrol McCotter says it's only 2 officers per district (we think it's 4), but if they're part of a task force (like TRU), they can saturate problem areas, do sweeps for improperly licensed vehicles, and hammer hot spots, DUI's, and seatbelt enforcement. We offered this up as an idea someone could steal and get promoted from - is anyone taking us up on the offer?