Who gets a payoff to buy red Light Camera’s?
In Chicago it was John Bills, Chicagos deputy transportation chief with oversight over the revenue cameras. According to prosecutors, Mr. Bills quickly realized he could share the ticket wealth with himself.
In addition Rajiv Shah, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, examined the raw data from the intersections. Shah discovered municipal officials had rigged the definition of “collision” to exclude rear-enders. It quickly became obvious when the spying cameras were installed and a lot of motorists began getting unwelcome surprises in the mail that skittish drivers were quick to hit the brakes and get hit in the a** when a traffic light flashed yellow. That’s the sort of unexpected and erratic behavior that causes accidents. When Mr. Shah included “rear-enders” in the calculations, the cameras were shown to yield no statistically significant benefit.