* From a press release…
The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (IGO) has completed an audit of the City’s Red-Light Camera (RLC) program.
The audit found that Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) was unable to substantiate its claims that the City chose to install and maintain red-light cameras at intersections with the highest angle crash rates in order to increase safety.
But we’ll see if this language from the IG’s letter actually features prominently in news coverage…
We found no evidence of this program being managed in a manner designed specifically to maximize revenue.
* Even so, the report is replete with references to CDOT’s inability or refusal to supply information. For instance…
The City paid Redflex a total of $106,271,823 through March 8, 2013, but CDOT did not have documentation breaking out purchase, maintenance, repair, and other costs by RLC location. CDOT maintains no records of the purchase, maintenance, operation, repair, and additional costs for each individual camera.17 Therefore, the IGO was not able to determine (nor could CDOT otherwise explain) how much of the $106,271,823 paid to Redflex was associated with each of these cost categories. Without this information, CDOT could not answer basic cost questions such as:
* What did the equipment cost?
* How much was spent on repairs at each installation?
* Should CDOT have replaced the equipment or repaired it?
* Is the RLC program cost effective?
Go read the whole thing.