Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing a system of speed cameras lining the state's freeways, targeting speeders in order to generate revenue supporting additional Chicago-based tactical police units. This is easily the most anti-motorists' rights idea we've heard from a politician in about thirty-seven seconds. Yes, great — use the watchful eye of Big Brother to raise revenue for a larger police force in a city with a shrinking crime problem and an aging population. Not only that, but effectively levy an unrepresented tax on the entire state and use those revenues in one city. Did we mention "ideas" like this get us spitting mad? (Thanks anonymous alpha-numeric tipster) [Chicago Sun Times]
Whoops, looks like it's time to get out the ol' Wert mask when driving through the Prairie State.
What Rod Jackinoff doesn't realize is that speed cameras on the highways will push traffic over to pedestrian-heavy, harder to patrol, soon to be gridlocked surface streets as drivers become paranoid that they'll be getting snapped for speedometer variance.