The Chicago Tribune is showing how media can drive public policy.
In this case, it concerns Red Light Cameras, which were approved by the Illinois General Assembly when Chicago, then other municipalities claimed they were needed to reduce traffic accidents.
The Tribune spent $14,000 to prove that was a false claim.
So-call “T-bone” accidents went down, but rear-end accidents went up by more than that decrease.
Now, the Tribune is on its third front page article, entitled,
RISKY MIX: SHORT YELLOWS AND RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Chicago out of step with other cities on timing of it traffic signals
The Tribune also weighed in with an editorial. I’d link to it, but I can’t find it on the most recent re-work of the paper’s web site.