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Speed camera vendor under scrutiny as Chicago plans tests

Chicago Tribune -- Even as Chicago prepares to test speed cameras next week, problems in Baltimore's 3-year-old camera program are raising questions about one of the bidders for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's controversial proposal that could target speeders in school and park zones over half the city.

Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc., one of two firms selected by the Emanuel administration to test cameras in Chicago, has come under scrutiny in recent months for faulty equipment and thousands of erroneous tickets issued in Baltimore over the past three years.

Judges sided with motorists in more than half of the contested tickets examined in a Nov. 18 investigative report by The Baltimore Sun, which like the Chicago Tribune is owned by Tribune Co. The report followed months of complaints and controversy about Balti


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:18:54 PM

I see cameras flashing w/ no one over the line.
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eschroth442
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 7:18:26 AM

they retime the lights to make more cash. These companies need tickets to make money.
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remay
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:47:01 AM

If people would just obey the laws...
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:41:57 AM

Profit is the motive for these vendors..... not safety.
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rwsb30
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:11:53 PM

Say CHEESE !...Actually I saw an article recently about a license plate frame which flashes back at the camera when it tries to record your license number,destroys the photo.
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OOXXFF
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What is going on in the windy city?
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wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:58:12 PM

Just a revenue creating option so they don't need actual patrolmen that require a payroll and benefits...
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nimpy
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:56:29 PM

I agree savalot
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:56:13 PM


Traffic cameras are mostly a scam and most of the money goes to the camera company, not to the municipality. I’d just as soon be shut of them.
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SavALot
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:52:29 PM

money grabbing schemers here
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HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:51:35 PM

Until they actually put cameras on intersections where gridlock occurs steadily, and based solely on the occurrence of accidents it's merely an income scheme.
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nwsynthetics
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:47:22 PM

great
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camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:45:48 PM

ok
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melvindale
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:43:58 PM

They need them everywhere, and for running red lights and stop signs as well. People drive so bad around here, its getting to be like the Wild West - where you can die any moment from stray bullets, run away horses, or idiots driving 50 in a 25 zone and running the stop signs.

Of course, we wouldn't need them if the police did their jobs. Locally they think their job is park 5 police cars at one diner and stay there the entire shift. I guess those donuts were out of control...
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Harry813
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It's all about the Benjamins
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:41:24 PM

speed cameras help prevent accidents
let the idiots get tickets they deserve it
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:40:43 PM

Persons issuing tickets should be checked also.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:39:18 PM

Get rid of all speed cameras. They cause more accidents.
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The next stop is communal farming and communism
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:37:35 PM

Who do they know?
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:36:08 PM

Not a fan of cameras.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:32:24 PM

I do not support speeding anywhere or at any time but photo radar is one thing only , it is a money grab and not a safety issue. If you have a speeding problem, put more cops on the road in that area and catch the speeders before they kill someone! Getting a ticket in the mail a month later does not have the impact or affect on the driver as a cruiser pulling them over at the time of the infraction.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:31:50 PM

that's the one Chicago will pick
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:29:19 PM

Just like a Democrat: tax the heck out of them, then try to control them in every other way possible.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:27:56 PM

Chicago, the curse of Illinois.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:27:45 PM

Suckers.
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angelofdeath324
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:25:47 PM

speed cameras are BS I hate them they need to get rid of them stupid shitzzz
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:24:47 PM

More government intervention.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:24:23 PM

Those cameras should be illegal.
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hpow
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:24:22 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:20:12 PM

They're just looking for more money so they can continue to go out and buy votes!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:19:19 PM

Great! Folks in Chicago "hardly" pay taxes, so why not punish them to the brim for living there. if Chicago doesn't have $ is the crocker system they have, not the people who are already taxed on everything exept air .... for the time being.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:19:08 PM

faulty equipment---kind of blows their value
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:16:25 PM

Let he who has never sped cast the first speeding ticket....

Cops are typically the worst speeders, but they do not face consequences that the rest of us do!!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:13:50 PM

all about making money
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:12:07 PM

we have something like that here.. it's called crooked cops.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:10:11 PM

Well stated ProRouge
Well.. yes, of COURSE it's all about the money!

..and I, for one, certainly don't mind allowing dangerous drivers to ease the tax burden, if only just a little.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:07:15 PM

There should be published standards for the minimum length of yellow lights so that motorists aren't unfairly squeezed for revenues. In general, I have no problems with speed cameras or red-light cameras.
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The readings in WI are as good as gold
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:05:06 PM

Revenue enhancement.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:01:11 PM

The problem is that you don't have to speed to get caught with some camera setups. The timings for yellow lights are being shortened in order to unfairly snag some drivers.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:56:30 PM

Don't speed don't pay... As for just the money, most fines are about the money...
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:55:55 PM

Money, Money, Money
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sawdust1825
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:55:08 PM

Sounds like another Chicago attempt to increase revenues anyway they can.
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suzmar
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:54:11 PM

Sounds about right, this is all about raising revenue, not public safety.
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:53:44 PM

Just like a tax
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grandamgt1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:53:42 PM

These cameras ought to be illegal. An officer should be present when a ticket is issued. (and I don't mean watching a TV screen )
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:53:13 PM

More than a casual glance is needed
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:51:39 PM

More $$$$$$$$$$
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KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:50:56 PM

I think they should be outlawed.
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