CHICAGO (TOC) — This week Chicago aldermen might vote to boost the minimal pace you want to be going to get a ticket from the town’s pace cameras.
Proper now you will get a ticket for going not less than 6 miles an hour over the pace restrict.
Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi joined ABC7 Chicago Monday to speak extra about it.
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She stated she’s in opposition to elevating the pace threshold, although critics of the cameras have stated they’re all about elevating income for the town, not holding folks secure.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has maintained that she desires to scale back the town’s fines and costs, which frequently have a much bigger affect on low-income folks.
The committee vote is predicted Tuesday.
In an announcement, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy stated:
“When the Emanuel administration was looking for authority from the Common Meeting to make use of site visitors cameras, I initially withheld my help. Like all elected official, I used to be conscious of the detest of such cameras amongst many citizens, and I used to be involved about creating one other probably regressive income supply that would affect my constituents. In the end, nonetheless, I got here to believe-and I nonetheless do-that these cameras might be carried out in a means that would each improve security and generate income responsibly.
“My vote to authorize these cameras got here solely following negotiations with Metropolis Corridor on the time, which led to their dedication that any monies generated by stated cameras can be devoted to functions associated to enhancing site visitors security. That was the accountable factor to do, and it’s nonetheless in impact at present.
“The Metropolis of Chicago makes use of the $40 million a 12 months in income from these cameras to fund Secure Passage employees, infrastructure round colleges and parks, in addition to after college programming-vital measures that undeniably make our communities safer. To eradicate that income with out substitute funding for these measures proper now, once we are reaching historic excessive ranges of site visitors accidents and deaths, and simply days after three kids and a senior citizen have been killed in tragic site visitors accidents in our metropolis, can be misguided, harmful and irresponsible.
“I urge members of the Metropolis Council to not take us backward on this essential second.”
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