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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

I'm surprised by this as well - I have to think that someone somewhere found themselves with a paintball gun, a jug of red paintballs, a fresh $100 ticket in the mail, and a brilliant idea...  (Aug 4, 2009 | post #143)

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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

I never said I didn't. I speed, roll stop signs, make perfectly illegal right turns on red and change lanes without a signal. However, I have the sense *not* to execute a sloppy turn at an intersection with cameras. By now, everyone should know where they are :) I look at it this way: every $100 "stupidity tax" that someone pays is two more potholes filled in the winter.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #118)

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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

I think you lumped two different stories together and misunderstood them both, Spec. Now you're spreading false information due to your ignorance. Here - consider yourself enlightened: The village in the one of the articles you sort-of-cited was Schaumburg. They asked RedSpeed to issue tickets only for illegal left turns, and ignore the far more common "rolling " illegal right turn violations. They did this after the camera netted about $1M in fines in the first month after it was activated. RedSpeed's cut was $400K. RedSpeed refused, because they are *required to* and *do* examine each and every potential violation. Yes, some schlep actually sits there and looks at the 12-second clips to determine whether or not a violation occurred. That takes a tremendous amount of manpower. For $400K per month, RedSpeed can justify spending the money on manpower. However, there were only twelve illegal left turns in that month - for a whopping $1,200 in fines; RedSpeed's cut would be $480. RedSpeed basically said "you expect us to look at tape of thousands of potential violations per month for a $480? Get stuffed." The village in the other article you cited was Villa Park IIRC. While negotiating their contract with RedSpeed, they introduced the idea of tiered fines. RedSpeed turned the proposal down. No camera was ever installed. Your grade: <EPIC FAIL>  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #117)

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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

You know what else is right over the white "stop here" line, right? The crosswalk. Where people walk. So yes, stopping over the line REALLY is THAT dangerous.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #82)

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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

First, you stop behind the white line. *Then* you pull forward so you can see traffic. Not that difficult.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #59)

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Signs aid safety, hurt tickets Safety up, revenue lags wi...

The Aurora/59 intersection is one giant clusterEff come rush hour. I don't know if the cameras will make it any safer, but hopefully it cuts down on the number of cars that try to turn long after the arrow has changed to red. I counted six on Thursday, and hopefully every single one of those bums gets a $100 slap.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #55)

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Michael Vick's return

Say someone mugs you and beats the crap out of you in the process. They get caught and spend two years in the clink. When they get out, are you going to want to have them over for dinner, maybe shoot a game of pool over a beer with them? Of course you aren't.  (Jul 31, 2009 | post #59)

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When you can't afford to get sick

Everybody for himself" is what made this country great! Not too long ago, people actually took responsibility for themselves instead of expecting everyone else to pick up their slack in the form of a Government Handout. If you want to be an entrepreneur, then be prepared to cover the cost of your own health insurance - you're the employer now. It's expensive, and it's a cost of going out on your own. And if you can't afford insurance, be prepared for a big hospital bill if you eat yourself into a heart attack or wrap your Volvo around a utility pole.  (Jul 24, 2009 | post #89)

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Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash for Clunkers' program

Show me a Porche with a trade-in value less than the "C4C" rebate. Go ahead, I'll wait :) Hint: Try the junkyard first.  (Jul 24, 2009 | post #55)

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Some drivers hit jackpot with 'Cash for Clunkers' program

The profits leave the country, but the wages stay right here.  (Jul 24, 2009 | post #52)

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Mansion's 'cross' didn't help banker's tax case

Not really - it's about the same percentage as the $5,000 tax bill on my $180,000 house.  (Jul 22, 2009 | post #173)

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Don't tell it to the judge if it's an excuse

So is this an advertisement for the book or what? Great article, Trib.  (Jul 18, 2009 | post #44)

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Sears Tower name change: Building today officially become...

Stop. Enough. We get it. It's old now.  (Jul 16, 2009 | post #99)

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Red-light cameras in Schaumburg screech to a halt

Are you getting paid by the post for this thread?  (Jul 15, 2009 | post #284)

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Red-light cameras in Schaumburg screech to a halt

What's stopping you? Go roll a red in front of a camera, get your ticket and sue your way to the High Court. Then let us all know how it turned out.  (Jul 15, 2009 | post #122)

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