UPDATE @ 9:04 a.m. (May 10):
In a 5-0 vote, the Dayton City Commission this morning approved restarting a traffic safety program that uses cameras to catch and fine motorists who speed and run red lights.
The city stopped using traffic cameras two years ago to comply with tough new restrictions on the devices that forbid their use unless a police officer is present at the time they record violations.
But citing large increases in traffic crashes and fatalities, city officials said bringing back speed-detection and red-light cameras will make Dayton's streets safer for motorists and pedestrians.
The city plans to use 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units. Officers will be present when any of these devices are in operation and documenting traffic violations.
UPDATE @ 8:59 a.m. (May 10):
The Dayton City Commission has approved a new ordinance that will allow for red light cameras to be used again, this time with officers posted at the lights.
The commission passed the ordinance by a 5-0 vote.
The new ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.
DAYTON — The city commission will have a second reading this morning on legislation related to civil penalties for traffic photo enforcement devices.
According to city documents, the police department has have asked for an amendment to the local law.
We are working to bring you more details on the changes requested by the law enforcement department and how they will affect drivers.
In April, the city unveiled the police department’s plans to bring back red-light and speed-detection cameras in the city.
Dayton police proposed it would use fixed camera systems, hand-held devices and portable trailer units to restart the controversial program.
The Dayton City Commission meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. today inside Dayton city hall located at 101 West 3rd Street.