- Bigger swathes of Chicago could wind up on video cameras under anti-speeding legislation that passed the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.
The proposal, which passed 32-24 and now moves to the House, is being sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help nab speeders around city schools and parks. The measure applies only to Chicago.
“We have in Chicago a pedestrian fatality rate that’s 68 percent higher than in New York City, and we do lose a number of young children in these crashes in the city of Chicago,” said Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the bill’s chief Senate sponsor.
In a WBBM story, a reporter throws out this stat:
- ...approximately 84 percent of all pedestrian accidents in Chicago happen within a quarter mile of parks and schools.
In the same story, they quote a doctor:
“We routinely see hundreds of kids a year hit by cars,” said Dr. Sally Reynolds, director of the emergency department at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Anyone want to bet the small number of kids hit by cars are as follows:
- unattended children -
- crossing away from designated crosswalks -
- out of sight of crossing guards -
- darting out from between parked vehicles -
- or negligent parents running over kids while backing up
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