Daley said this week that his streets are becoming more like a
stage set for a spaghetti western, and he plans to rein in the
"Wild West" driving habits of the "Me Generation."
Transportation Committee Chairman Thomas Allen (38th), backed
by Daley, plans to crackdown on drivers who blow through stop
signs and red lights, speed down residential streets and block
intersections. Violators would pay through the nose with double
and even triple fines - up to $300 for a wide array of traffic
to a released report, Allen wants the city to experiment with
everything from mobile radar units that remind drivers of their
speed to video cameras mounted on traffic signals at high-volume
may include the use of "civilian or quasi-civilian aides"
to identify traffic "hot spots" where police could focus
their enforcement efforts, Allen said.
the 'Wild West' out there," said Allen. "Yellow means
hurry up. Red means if that guy goes, I'm going. There's no end
to it. The only thing they don't do is drive on the sidewalks.
The rules of the road don't exist anymore."