Sure, red-light cameras have a certain big-brother character to them, but they only bring in city revenue when folks are breaking the law in dangerous ways. (Asterisk this with that whole yellow-light-shortening business, of course.) But we’re not even proposing cameras. Just hire a bunch of traffic cops and position them at various locations around town and tell them to enforce the laws about red lights, stop signs, crosswalks and pedestrian right of way. Not only will we cover their costs multiple times over, but we’ll start finally upending the pervasive driver mentality that seems to treat laws as suggestions, and pedestrians as inconveniences. And we’ll have money in the bank to boot.
Audience Choice: Legalizing and taxing marijuana
Other audience comments that caught our attention: “Charge it to the Daley family”; “give actual tickets to people who don’t signal before turns, who speed at over 15 miles over the speed limit, who tailgate, who run red lights”; “tax the rich.”
Best of Chicago 2014