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Red Light Runners Need Some Class

Ed Burke proposes classes for red light offenders



    Red Light Runners Need Some Class
    Mario Tama
    You won't get away with it.

    Here's how it would work: run a red light, get a ticket, pay the ticket, go to mandatory traffic school, pay more money, learn a lesson and never do it again.

    At least that's the theory of Alderman Ed Burke's to make drivers who blow through red light camera zones attend a mandatory class. Will they be learning colors?  Red, yellow, green?

    The class would cost the drivers $25 on top of the $100 fine offenders pay.

    "The focus shouldn't be on the fee as much as on the educational benefit this could create," Burke told the Sun-Times.

    Actually, it is about the money for those paying it. And even Burke can't deny the revenue will help offset a $300 million budget gap that's expected by the end of the year.

    Last year, Chicago raked in nearly $45 million in revenue, and newly installed red light cameras are expected to boost that figure for 2009.