Recently, I made two $100 donations to the City of Chicago.
But, um, they weren’t exactly voluntary donations. My car seemed to have become a movie star when I was caught on camera twice, at the same intersection, slightly in front of the line turning right on red. There goes $200 of my hard-earned money.
I think it’s a flaw in the design of the intersection. When you stop at the line as you get off Lake Shore Drive at Belmont going south, you can’t see the cars coming from your left driving westbound on Belmont. I get off Lake Shore Drive every day at that place, so my car has been trained to move past the line to see who’s coming from the left.
Am I totally guiltless? Probably not. I likely should have come to a full stop first at the line, and then proceeded forward. But is it egregious enough for me to have to shell out $100 twice? Maybe.
See the videos below for yourself. It’s a good thing the City of Chicago uploads these videos online – maybe my car will be famous. Apologies for the poor quality that resulted from videotaping my computer screen with my camera – apparently the City of Chicago doesn’t want to make it easy for alleged offenders to upload their videos to YouTube for their friends to judge.
I guess I learned my lesson, and I compliment the City of Chicago for allowing me to see what happened.
To help me sleep at night, though, I’ll just think of all the great things the city I love so much could do with my donation – feed hungry children, find homes for lost puppies, paint ugly bridges with bright sparkles. Or maybe they’ll just use it to install more red light cameras to catch more vicious criminals like me.