Added Mar 13 2012
I wrote in to Alderman Pawar's office today regarding the utter lack of credible information surrounding Rahm's speed cameras. I'm quite happy with the response (see below):
Without actual data, from the Mayor’s office, on traffic accidents involving pedestrians around schools and parks, Alderman Pawar will vote NO on the speed camera ordinance. To date, the Alderman has not received any information to suggest there is a problem that speed cameras are needed to fix. In addition, has asked for the administration to provide data that shows speed cameras reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians. Our office continues to solicit feedback from the community on this ordinance so thank you for your input.
Program Analyst & Coordinator"
Whether or not you feel speed cameras are necessary, I think we can all agree that Rahm's unwillingness to provide adequate information to even make an informed decision makes it much more dubious a request. I might support them if he could show actual, certifiable data that they will reduce traffic fatalities involving children in Chicago, but considering he won't even release any info, and considering the Tribune's repeatedly denied FOIA requests for said information, I'm glad that Alderman Pawar has decided to vote NO.
Thanks also to Bill for responding to my question today. I'm sure you've been bombarded about this quite a bit given the council meeting tomorrow and I'm glad you took the time!