A new Chicago Tribune poll shows most registered city voters want to see Chicago's red light camera program tweaked, with 45 percent calling for its elimination and another 47 percent saying it needs improved oversight and management.
Five percent of the 800 people surveyed said the red-light program "is functioning as it should," while 3 percent did not have an opinion on the matter.
Also, two-thirds of those polled said the red-light camera program is a "bad idea."
APC Research Inc. conducted the interviews for the telephone poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The interviews took place from August 6 through August 12 following an investigative report by the newspaper that revealed several time periods in which motorists saw an abrupt uptick in red-light camera tickets. The Tribune's article has reportedly prompted city officials to review some 16,000 red-light tickets.
The poll was conducted before Redflex Traffic Systems' former CEO and the official previously responsible for managing the city's red-light camera program were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption charges. The indictments are in connection with the Redflex bribery scandal. The city fired Redflex its red-light camera vendor last year.
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