Disparate impact is a tool used by social justice warriors to “prove” that systemic racism exists without “proof” or “intent.”

Basically, disparate impact is a statistical lie used to prove that discrimination has occurred in a protected class because the percentage of class members affected greatly exceeds their class representation in the general population. It is statistically invalid because the process ignores “confounding variables,” which are unmeasured variables that impact both the cause and effect of the variable being measured – and can cause invalid results.


Chicago’s “Race-Neutral” Traffic Cameras Ticket Black and Latino Drivers the Most

When then-Mayor Richard M. Daley ushered in Chicago’s red-light cameras nearly two decades ago, he said they would help the city curb dangerous driving. “This is all about safety, safety of pedestrians, safety of other drivers, passengers, everyone,” he said.

[OCS: Of course, this is one of those big government lies. When municipalities saw that red light cameras were cash cows, they ignored credible studies showing that the cameras were marginally effective in reducing accidents and could be the proximate cause of rear-end collisions as drivers jam on their brakes at the last second to avoid a red light camera ticket.]

But for all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city — and generate tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall — have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.

The consequences have been especially punishing in Black neighborhoods, which have been hit with more than half a billion dollars in penalties over the last 15 years, contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.

[OCS: If the city is truly placing cameras at dangerous points, where is the analysis showing that the minority community is generating traffic infractions at a rate that is above the general population and deserving of extra enforcement? One might also make this case for murder and other serious crime in Chicago and similar inner cities.]

“We felt the brunt of it the way white people didn’t,” said Olatunji Oboi Reed, a longtime activist for racial equity in transportation in Chicago who has received a handful of camera tickets over the years. “Fortunately, I’ve always been in a situation where I can survive financially, unlike many Black and brown people in the city; one ticket is throwing their whole finances in a hurricane.”

[OCS: Many municipalities have removed certain red light cameras, primarily because the revenue generated does not exceed their cost of operation or they have been ruled ineffective by the legislature – not because of any racial or socio-economic impacts.]

Similar racial and income disparities in camera ticketing have been documented elsewhere. In Rochester, New York, officials eliminated the city’s red-light camera program in 2016 in part because motorists from low-income neighborhoods received the most tickets and the financial harm outweighed any safety benefits. Miami ended its program in 2017 amid complaints from low-income residents who felt unfairly burdened by the fines. And in Washington, D.C., racial justice advocates are researching the city’s camera-ticketing program after a local think tank in 2018 and The Washington Post last year found that cameras in Black neighborhoods issued a disproportionate share of tickets there.

In Chicago, officials have known of disparities since at least April 2020, when a pair of professors at the University of Illinois Chicago shared initial research showing that cameras send the most tickets to predominantly Black ZIP codes. The city then hired them to study the issue further.

Six months later, Lightfoot — who campaigned in part on ending what she called the city’s “addiction” to fines and fees — proposed that Chicago expand camera ticketing by lowering the speeds at which cameras will issue citations. Lightfoot called it a public safety measure, especially in light of a spike in traffic fatalities during the pandemic, but many observers called it a money grab. The City Council approved the measure as part of the 2021 annual budget. <Source>

Notice they are not adjusting traffic fines downward, just using taxpayer funds to pay what they can’t collect… 

Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces California Will Eliminate Traffic Debt For Low-Income People Owed Since 2015

The budget proposal calls for a $300 million fund from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan to support relief for low-income Californians through a one-time debt forgiveness program eliminating debt owed on traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2015 and June 30, 2021. <Source>

Rather than forgiving the fines and writing-off the amount owed, they want the taxpayers to pay the uncollectible tickets.

Bottom line…

If the cameras are ineffective in reducing accidents, there is no justification for their existence. Many cities have ticket forgiveness programs or allow the courts to adjust amounts owed. The real crime is that everyone has their fingers in the pot.

California speeding tickets

The basic fine is determined purely by your speed at the moment you were stopped.

  • Over the speed limit by 1 to 15 mph – $35
  • Over the speed limit by 16 to 25 mph – $70
  • Over the speed limit by 26-99 mph – $100
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 100 miles per hour – $200.

All traffic citations in California are subject to a 20% fee for all drivers – no exceptions. In addition, you’ll have to pay $40 in court fees and $35 for your conviction assessment. Additional costs may apply to some drivers, including:

  • Court Penalty Assessment – 70% of your base fine
  • State Penalty Assessment – 100% of your base fine
  • Night Court Assessment – $1
  • Penalty for DNA Identification Fund – 40% of your base fine
  • Assessment of a State Court Construction Penalty – 50% of your base fine
  • Penalty for Emergency Medical Services – $4.

Time to stop the theft of your hard-earned dollars to support a bloated, out-of-control government pandering to identity groups to gain political power.

BTW: Most red-light cameras do not catch as many vehicles running red lights as they do vehicles making illegal right turns on red lights.

We are so screwed.

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