UPDATE 7/24/2013: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said the city’s red-light ticket program features a number of improvements, including weekly meetings with the program vendor. He says motorists have been notified by mail that they will have additional time to appeal red-light tickets.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In the wake of a Chicago Tribune investigation that questioned several unexplained spikes in red light camera tickets since 2007, city officials said they’ll offer anyone who got a ticket during one of those spikes another shot at disputing the citation and getting a refund for the $100 fine.
At a hearing of the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld reassured aldermen the mayor has reached out to Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to evaluate the red light camera program, following a Tribune investigation that found thousands of erroneous red light tickets might have been issued during mysterious spikes in citations over the past several years.
Scheinfeld said the city’s Finance Department also will send letters to approximately 9,000 motorists who were issued a red light camera, at times when unusually high numbers of tickets were issued at 12 intersections cited by the Tribune. Those people will be invited to get a new review of their case, and if it’s found the violation was an error, they’ll get a refund.