CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed the idea of installing countdown signals at every intersection in Chicago that has a red light camera, so drivers don’t have to slam on the brakes to avoid a ticket.
All four of Emanuel’s challengers in next month’s election have said they would end the city’s red light camera program, but the mayor said they do help reduce some types of accidents, and he’s already reformed the program with a new contractor, more oversight, and some limits.
“We’ve added no new sites, and took 16 down where they used to operate,” he said.
Emanuel also seemed to endorse a proposal by two aldermen to install countdown clocks at intersections that have red light cameras, so drivers know how long they have to get through before the light changes, and don’t have to slam on the brakes if the light turns yellow, possibly causing rear-end collisions.
“I want to make sure that we have a countdown clock throughout the system. That’s another additional reform. Always be open to changing, but making sure we never give up the public safety and traffic safety gains that we’ve made,” he said.