Video shows Emanuel’s motorcade racing through red lights

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CHICAGO -- Since November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade has gotten five red light tickets for blowing through lights in the City of Chicago.

The cameras were put in place to supposedly keep people safe, something the mayor reiterated at the City Club Wednesday morning.

"First and foremost, red lights are there for public safety," Emanuel said.

But in a video, it looks like his two car motorcade is doing anything but following the rules of public safety. In one case, an SUV runs the light while a man in a wheelchair waits to cross. Earlier this month they did it again. Then again five days later. Even though he had the right of way, a senior citizen hesitates to cross as the motorcade once again blows through the traffic light.

The mayor gave this explanation as to his driver’s behavior: "Since there’s a tail car, there are some instances where they need to get through a light because they can’t get separated from the first car."

Emanuel says he’s not opposed to making changes to these controversial red light cameras, like reforming them to add a countdown time so drivers know how long before the light goes from green to amber to red.

When pressed on the issue Thursday, he barked. Even though he wasn’t behind the wheel, he said he'll take care of the tickets.

"I said I was gonna pay it, that’s what it means when you’re not above the law. That couldn’t be clearer," Emanuel said.

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12 comments

  • smokey

    He is a piece of trash and I think we all know he will never pay all these tickets. So he is not above the law but his drivers are?

  • Seriously???

    What??? That’s his response??? So even though he is touting that these red light cameras are a SAFETY issue, all that matters is that he pays the fine? He is insane. He must be insane, right?

  • Don Baker

    So the red lights evidently are not for safety. As long as Emanuel pays the tickets the risk of running over pedestrians including senior citizens, people in wheel chairs, etc is worthwhile to keep those cars together. It seems Emanuel’s personal security overrides safety for ordinary citizens.

  • Andrew Heil

    Lets see, he has signs outside his home indicating Secret Service is guarding his home, now he has a motorcade that takes him places, and they run red lights. So, the sign at his home I guess is to show off or make people think the Secret Service would be protecting him. Running red lights, I would guess the tax payers pays the insurance on those high dollar vehicles they drive. The police officers driving those vehicles are the ones responsible for running the red lights, so I would imagine no points are being taken off their license. And who says no one is above the law!!!!!!