Red Light Hearings
Um...shouldn't this have been done prior to the contract being awarded and the cameras being installed?
- A group of aldermen wants proof that the embattled company that installed red-light cameras at intersections across Chicago did so based on improving traffic safety, not just collecting lots of money from ticketing drivers.
A resolution introduced at Wednesday's City Council meeting calls for hearings to be held on how the sites were chosen for the cameras put up by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.
Tribune stories that Redflex lavished sporting trips on a former city transportation official and lied about it to City Hall call into question the company's procedures for placing the cameras, said sponsoring Ald. John Arena.
"The original ordinance calls for better traffic safety, but we don't really know the standards they used," said Arena, 45th. "We want officials from (the Chicago Department of Transportation) to come in and give us specifics on the analysis and on whether these intersections are safer now."
Talk about closing the barn door after the horse is out. Unethical gifts, questions about how the contract was awards, we're sure bribery allegations will surface soon if they haven't already. In other words, a typical Shortshanks deal in the Windy City. And the City Council wants to look like it's doing something about it instead of looking like the ineffectual rubber stamp they've always been.