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Hamilton Police use high tech van to catch speeders

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

HAMILTON, OH ( FOX19) - Drivers in Hamilton may want to take it slow. Starting April 1, police will hit the streets with a new high tech tool to track your speed.

"It really works very much like an officer would running a hand held radar unit," said Sgt. Craig Bucheit of the Hamilton Police Department.

Their new mobile speed van is equipped with four HD cameras that can register your speed and take a picture of your license plate -- the information is then used to issue tickets to the registered owner through an outside company call Redflex.
 
"It will slow down motorists which should curtail the number of injury and deaths that we see," said Chief Neil Ferdelman of the  Hamilton Police Department.
 
So, what constitutes a speed violation? Officers say the radar will take pictures of drivers going 9 mph over in school zone, 12 mph over in a 25 to 35 zone and 14 mph over in a 40 zone.
 
The unmarked car will also be unmanned, officers just have to set it up and retrieve it from 40 different locations which will be posted on their website.
 
"Those 40 locations right now are only school zones and parks," Bucheit said.
 
Chief Ferdelman says one of the biggest benefits of the program is that it frees up time for officers, giving them more time for police work.
 
"We can free up some of those traffic officers and then can assist with some of our criminal calls," Ferdelman said.
 
More tickets also means more money for the city --  The City of Hamilton gets 52 percent of the revenue generated from tickets. Police will begin using the van to issue tickets starting May 1.
 
 
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