Motorists in Chicago have long been accustomed to the largest red light camera network in the United States, but today they finally have more sticks to throw at city politicians after an audit argued the program is based more on revenue than safety.
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who began a four year term in 2009, blasts the program, "our audit uncovered little evidence that the overarching program strategy, guidelines, or appropriate metrics are being used to ensure the [Red Light Camera] program is being executed to the best benefit of the City or the general public."
In an open letter to the Mayor, City Council, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and residents of Chicago, the Inspector writes:
CDOT was unable to substantiate its claims that the City chose to install red-light cameras at intersections with the highest angle crash rates in order to increase safety. Neither do we know, from the information provided by CDOT, why cameras in locations with no recent angle crashes have not been relocated, nor what the City’s rationale is for the continued operation of any individual camera at any individual location.