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New Ohio traffic camera law takes effect Monday

Traffic speed cameras now must have a law enforcement officer present. (FOX19 NOW/file) Traffic speed cameras now must have a law enforcement officer present. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Elmwood Place police no longer use speed traffic cameras. (FOX19 NOW/file) Elmwood Place police no longer use speed traffic cameras. (FOX19 NOW/file)
ELMWOOD PLACE, OH (FOX19) - Traffic cameras like the ones in Elmwood Place won't be catching speeders unless a police officer is present.

A new law that takes effect Monday throws out the old program that allowed cities to use the traffic speed cameras unattended.

A lot of people were not happy because they received speeding tickets in the mail without having any contact with a single law enforcement officer.

Here in Elmwood Place within the first month of having the speed cameras, more than 6,000 tickets were issued to residents in this village. That's
triple the number of residents.

The new law comes after a statewide battle over the cameras. Critics say the devices were revenue-generating devices for municipalities. But supporters insist it's a way to keep their communities safe.

To see the law for yourself, visit 

https://legiscan.com/OH/text/SB342/2013

Elmwood Place police issued a statement contending dangerous speeding has now returned to the area with the cameras no longer in use.

"As you may be aware, the Village of Elmwood place has suspended its automated speed enforcement program until further notice. Unfortunately, the automated speed enforcement program in Elmwood has been falsely publicized as merely a revenue generator for the town," the statement reads.

"The truth is that the goal of the program has always been primarily safety. The decision to implement an automated enforcement program was largely motivated by observations of a widespread speeding problem and two traffic accidents that occurred in 2011, which included a fatality and two children who were struck and injured.

The following chart illustrates how the program corrected speeding in Elmwood, and how such dangerous behavior has subsequently resumed after the court ordered suspension of the program.”  

To see more visit http://elmwoodplacepd.com/Automated_Speed_Enforcement


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