Enlightening Commentary

“For The Children” Update

Posted on December 19, 2014

Warning Revenue CameraAnyone with a firing neuron or two knows that red light (and speed) cameras are a simple way to extract much needed revenue from the serfs without having to technically raise taxes. Apparently it took a study to prove this fact:

“Emanuel has credited the cameras for a 47 percent reduction in dangerous right-angle, or “T-bone,” crashes. But the Tribune study, which accounted for declining accident rates in recent years as well as other confounding factors, found cameras reduced right-angle crashes that caused injuries by just 15 percent.

At the same time, the study calculated a corresponding 22 percent increase in rear-end crashes that caused injuries, illustrating a trade-off between the cameras’ costs and benefits.”

A reduction of 15% here coupled with a rise of 22% there means more of what is supposed to be prevented is happening, right?

“So the question now is: If we eliminate a certain type of collision and increase the other and overall it stays the same, is there an argument that it is fair to go with the program?”

Fair? Who gives a shit about fair. It’s always about the money, always:

“…350 red light cameras and raised more than $500 million in $100 tickets since 2002.”

Mo’ money! Mo’ money! Mo’ money!

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. john cass December 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is the correct approach for Rahm & The Aldermen. Throw out a story or a headline that distracts the public from the shootings. After all – the American voting public is stupid per Mr. Gruber [sadly there is a ring of truth to that], they can be easily thrown off the scent. The Never Ending Story continues this weekend wif’ mo’ shootings. And earlier this week there was a good thread story on the after-shooting business industry. Makes me wonder of the Jackson-Sharpton-Rahm types have a financial interest in the emergency medical community. Stock in the emergency health care industry? Entirely plausible.

  2. Councilmember December 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    There are parts of Chicago where you can walk 20 blocks and never leave a crime scene. Maybe there would be more public benefit moving the cameras to high shooting areas of Chicago…….or would they just get stolen?

  3. Councilmember December 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    BTW, the Chris Rock video “How to not get your ass kicked by the police” should be playing as a public service announcement on every Chicago TV station. Its on Youtube.

    • James manos December 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Fuck Chris Rock. Now and forever he owes everything and I mean everything he had to white audiences and he misses no opportunity to show his contempt for those who provide his lifestyle

  4. a December 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    its doubtful that the city even makes money from the camera program. if you add up all the costs of enforcing, staffing, administering, operating, collecting and chasing down the scofflaws are tallied each year, this program more than likely produces just more red ink aka taxpayer subsidies to keep it up and running. its clear that the program produces an increase in crashes. whats not clear is – whats the bottom line – does anyone even know if the program financially benefits the city coffers?

  5. SgtX December 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I would think the appropriate way to combat the Rahmcameras would be for someone who has been injured in a rear-end collision to instigate a Federal Lawsuit. They could claim that the city has put generating revenue ahead of the safety of the citizens.

    Damn, I should have been a lawyer…

  6. krazeeloon December 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The problem with that approach is pretty soon you would have Al Sharton suing because the govt makes things illegal. If everything were legal, no one would ever get arrested and there would be no crime.

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