Emanuel offers another review of 9,000 mysterious red-light tickets
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter July 23, 2014 2:48PM
Red light camera at LaSalle and Kinzie in Chicago. Photographed on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
Updated: August 25, 2014 5:41PM
Thousands of motorists issued red-light tickets during spikes at a dozen Chicago intersections will get another chance to have their violations reviewed — and offered refunds if those tickets were issued in error — under a mayoral plan unveiled Wednesday.
To restore public confidence in the red-light program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel also is promising to post daily violations for each of the 352 red-light cameras installed at 174 Chicago intersections.
In question are 9,000 tickets spewed out at a dozen intersections that suddenly generated five times their average number of violations. The motorists who received those tickets will get letters telling them of the chance for another review.
Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld outlined the plan — and an upcoming investigation by Inspector General Joe Ferguson — in a surprise appearance before the City Council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety.
It was not well-received by Transportation Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th). Beale demanded that the city “put the brakes on the whole red-light system” until Ferguson’s investigation is completed and the city’s ongoing liability is determined.