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CHICAGO — The number of yellow traffic signs popping up on streets in the Chicago area has spiked in recent weeks, as part of an unprecedented spike in green and red traffic signals.
The Chicago Police Department’s traffic camera system captured the spikes in green signals that have popped up on Chicago streets during the last week, including a jump in the number of red traffic signs and a jump of more than 100 percent in yellow signs.
Police Chief of Police Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that the spikes are linked to a surge in white motorists on the streets of the city.
“The yellow signals that were popping up are not just for people who are just driving by,” Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday.
“They are also for people that are driving on the sidewalks, they are for people driving in the neighborhoods, and they are also there for the police department to be able to spot and take the appropriate action.”
In a separate statement, the city said it will not use the data to help enforce new safety measures such as increased pedestrian and bicycle enforcement.
“We will not be using the data for any enforcement purposes and we are disappointed in the recent spike in traffic lights,” said city spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.