Aldermanic president Lewis Reed has — very sensibly — closed a loophole in the City’s ordinance authorizing automated traffic camera systems. Red-light cameras work best when motorists know about the cameras.
Lewis’s bill removes a legal provision that gave the Streets Department the option of posting general warning signs about red light cameras at the city limits, instead of adjacent to the monitored locations. Although warning signs are already at every camera location in the city, Lewis’s bill reinforces the requirement.
The bill had the support of both the Police Department and the red light camera provider. I plan to sign it when it reaches my desk.