What could it be? A recent study by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers found that speed cameras reduced fatal and serious crashes by 15%, but it also found that camera violations, including running red lights, were more likely in Black and brown communities. “The question then became why,” said Stacey Sutton, associate professor of UIC’s Department of Urban Planning and Policy. “Roadway density is different. Population density, there are fewer businesses for people yet so there may be a good propensity to speed in those areas. And that we’re seeing that would explain some of it.” Reporting on same data, Pro Publica notes that “the [Wuhan virus] pandemic widened the ticketing disparities.”
The study along with “disparate impact” reasoning means that somehow the system is racist—you know, systemic racism again. Those racist cameras. Aided and abetted by the virus. Or something.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says those ticketed who are “of color” may have to get a break on extra fines and fees, or get to pay based on an amount proportionate to their income.
I have this crazy theory, but hear me out: maybe the reason the cameras are resulting in disproportionate tickets for black drivers and other minorities is because black drivers and other minorities in Chicago are violating the traffic laws in disproportionate numbers. That would suggest to me a cultural problem, the result of being taught by family members and community role models that if one can get away with wrongdoing when no one seems to be around, go for it. It’s not a matter of race, it’s a matter of economic stress, irresponsible leadership and related factors.
This is exactly the attitude my mother, who grew up during the Depression in a large, first generation Greek immigrant family, had about just about everything. If she thought she could get away with a little bit of cheating or larceny, she tried. Adding to this destructive and anti-social mindset would be the current progressive push to exonerate minorities from personal responsibility, since they have been indoctrinated to believe that white supremacy has condemned them to permanent victimhood.
Reducing the fines sufficiently in the name of “equity” can also be counted on to disproportionately encourage more minority drivers to take a shot, since not much will be at stake.
Eventually, I fully expect that Lightfoot and her race-obsessed party will try to remove the bigoted cameras in the name of “equity.” People will die as a result, probably also disproportionately minorities, but at least the city will be rid of another racist system.