It's true these cameras could quite possibly be very worth while in terms of revenue for the city however how much would they cost initially to install and what would the yearly expense of keeping this program be?
The internet program that would keep this running is called InsureNet and said they would “only” charge “just” about 30% of the total revenue in exchange for their services. Also...just how legitimate is this program? Sure, it sounds fantastic to be able to catch all the uninsured drivers in Chicago without pressing into others privacy but if you have a system that can check all license plates for insurance plans automatically there is a constant privacy invasion of all those who drive through these intersections.
InsureNet seems to be able to offer quite a bit as well and it all looks good on paper but the questions of how good it actually is comes up among everyone that seems to look at the proposal. In addition to these questions of the legitimacy of the company the idea of who actually is unemployed in the city of Chicago is worry some as well. When you consider the population of people who would be uninsured you have to think of why they are uninsured. Generally these are people who don’t have a job and are collecting unemployment, so this leads to the idea of the “extra” money being collected by the Chicago government which is coming directly from unemployment checks that were sent out the week before.
As questionable as this idea may or may not be I think that in theory it would be a good idea. Even if not all the money that could be collected actually gets collected this could combat the fact that so many people drive uninsured. The “threat” of having these cameras at major intersections may just be what we need to insure a majority of people continue to renew their insurance. In my opinion the biggest problems that would come about with these cameras would be the cost of installing them. If in some way they could use the cameras that already exist this may be their best bet at keeping cost down but you have to keep in mind people’s privacy regardless of who they are.