City removing red-light cameras at one Austin intersection

March 11, 2015
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced at a press conference earlier this week that the city will remove 50 red-light cameras that have been ticketing motorists at 25 intersections, including one at Central Avenue and Madison Street.

Emanuel made the announcement at a press conference held in the La Follette Park field house, 1333 N. Laramie Ave. with 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts at his side.

The mayor has come under fire for the controversial cameras, which have raised tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the city.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia, who’s challenging Emanuel in the April 7 runoff, has vowed to get rid of all the city’s red-light cameras, which still number in the hundreds.

Our partners at the Austin Weekly News covered the event, as did the Chicago Tribune, which has been investigating the red-light cameras.

Here’s a map showing where all 25 affected intersections are located.

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