Recently I took a shot of a speed camera being erected at Abbott Park near 95th & Michigan. And that figures in this latest piece:
City Hall is removing 36 red-light cameras at 18 intersections where cameras have succeeded in reducing right-angle crashes caused by running red lights.I hope you all are continuing to be safe drivers whether or not there are cameras around or not!
That will leave Chicago with 348 red-light cameras at 172 intersections.
“Automated traffic enforcement, whether through red-light or speed cameras, is about changing drivers’ behavior,” Emanuel was quoted as saying in a press release.
“Cameras at these intersections are now showing a low level of crashes and dangerous angle crashes, which means an enhanced level of safety.”
The 18 intersections where cameras are being removed either experienced no “right-angle crashes” or only one in 2012. They also have a “total crash rate” — calculated by dividing annual crashes by average daily traffic counts — of less than one percent, according to Illinois Department of Transportation statistics provided to the city last week.
The 18 intersections where red-light cameras will be removed are: Osceola and Touhy; Kedzie and Devon; Harlem and Higgins; Sheridanand Hollywood; ustin and Belmont; Cicero and Belmont; Halsted and Belmont; California and North; Wells and North; Kostner and Division; Clark and Cermak; California and 35th; California and 47th Street; Pulaski and 71st; Wentworth and 65th; Racine and 79th; 79th Street and Cottage Grove and Stony Island and 89th.
Cameras at all 18 designated intersections should be removed by Jan. 31, according to City Hall.