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posted: 3/21/2013 5:00 AM

More consistency needed in ticketing

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This is in response to Mayor Craig Johnson of Elk Grove Village. The mayor states that the reason for the red-light cameras is not revenue related but safety related. That is a fallacy. If it were for safety, then why are not bicyclists that blow stop signs and red-lights ticketed? That is a safety issue, also.

When is the last time that a delivery truck has been stopped and ticketed for speeding? That is a safety issue. I have seen village automobiles fail to come to a complete stop at red-light camera intersections. Are they caught by the cameras and, if so, is payment waived?

This concern for safety vs. revenue is not merely aimed at the mayor of Elk Grove Village. It is aimed at every village mayor. Villages cannot be selective in the ticketing of violators. Safety is important to every citizen. Enforcement of safety must be consistent. It cannot be a pick-and-choose exercise.

Gordon Speake


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