Adding to the growing concern over photo enforcement tactics, Chicago may
soon be refunding millions of dollars to thousands of motorists.
An investigation by the
Chicago Tribune uncovered a number of
unexplained spikes in the tickets being generated; for example, one camera generated a dozen
tickets for an illegal right turn over six months, then suddenly generated
560 tickets over a 12-day period. The paper concluded that faulty equipment
and/or human tinkering for the spikes, and certain Chicago alderman are
calling for a full investigation.
These issues are certainly not new in California: a lone camera in Oakland
accounted for $4.2 million in traffic tickets in 2010.
recent legal victory, this technology is under fire all over California. Tiny
San Juan Capistrano may have been the first city in The Golden State to do away with photo
enforcement, but it will not be the last one: