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Hamilton's speed enforcement van on hold

The city of Hamilton's controversial speed enforcement van that has been sitting along busy streets in Hamilton is now being taken off the streets, amid growing opposition against it. 
 
When the mobile speed vehicle was first unveiled more than a year ago, it was touted as being a tool allowing officers to focus on police work instead of writing tickets and to reduce speed near parks and schools zones.

"It will slow down motorists which should curtail the number of injury and deaths that we see,"said Hamilton Police Chief Neil Ferdelman, back from they van was first unveiled.
 
The unmarked car can register speeds and take a picture of license plates, but after issuing hundreds of tickets the vehicle is now off the streets. The Hamilton Police Department say it's too early to comment on the future of the cameras, only saying there were only being used on a trial basis, and now the decision is in council's hands, on the other hand, those who oppose the cameras are speaking their mind.
 
"In the US constitution it says you should be able to confront your accuser, and if a machine writes you a ticket, how do you confront your accuser?" said Jim Berns, who is spearheading a petition against the speed cameras.
 
Berns has been going door to door for months now, collecting signatures for a petition to get an amendment on the November ballot to ban the cameras.
 
"The citizens hate them, I think they should pull the vans," Berns said.
 
The former 1st Congressional District candidate says he believes the pressure against the speed enforcement from area residents like himself had at least something to do with them being taken off the streets temporarily.
 
"I think that's certainly go their attention," Berns said.

Volunteers have collected 100 signatures so far, but they need 1500 to submit a valid petition, which must be presented to Hamilton City Council and then sent to the Butler County Board of Elections.

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