05/14/2013 12:04 pm ET

New Report Casts Doubt On Safety Claims Of City's Red Light Camera Program

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For years, opponents of Chicago’s red light cameras have argued the program was not based on improving traffic safety, but on generating tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue.

On Tuesday, a report released by the Chicago Inspector General’s Office seems to back up critics’ claims and, according to one alderman, undermines the basis for the program’s existence.

“Our audit uncovered little evidence that the overarching program strategy, guidelines, or appropriate metrics are being used to ensure the [Red Light Camera] program is being executed to the best benefit of the City or the general public,” the report summarized.

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