Rahm's Motorcade Flouted His Touted Chicago Safe Driving Laws

Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:30 PM

By Jason Devaney

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The two cars that drive Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel around the city have racked up 17 red light tickets, three speed warnings, and several parking tickets since 2012. But now the mayor wants to make sure his drivers follow the law.

In the wake of an ABC7 I-Team report that uncovered the violations, Emanuel said he would have his security men ease off the gas and use their brakes when required.

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"As soon as I saw that, or heard about it, the story, I said, 'Look, follow the law. Nobody’s above the law. Slow down, period.'" Emanuel said in a CBS Chicago story.

The violations totaled around $1,700, according to ABC7, and his cars were flagged for getting booted because of unpaid parking tickets on three occasions. All of the tickets were dismissed.

"You have my answer," Emanuel told CBS Chicago when asked about the fines.

In one instance, a car from Emanuel's motorcade was clocked by a speed camera going 18 mph over the speed limit in a school zone with its police lights flashing earlier this year. In another example, both cars were traveling 10 mph over the limit near a park. Both vehicles, which are SUVs, ran a red light last April, according to ABC7. The story claims the mayor was going to a high school baseball game around the time of the infraction.

Emanuel touted the red light and speed cameras installed across Chicago in 2011, saying, "This is supposed to work as a deterrent," according to CBS.

In a statement provided to ABC7, Emanuel's spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said the mayor will slow down on the roads.

"The mayor believes in ensuring safety and that everyone ought to slow down and observe safety rules, including the police vehicles in which he travels," McCaffrey said.

ABC7 reports that more than 622,000 drivers received tickets from the red light and speed cameras, which amounted to fines north of $71 million.

"It's hypocritical, completely hypocritical. It's all about revenue," Chicago driver Brad Predergast told ABC7.

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