2nd local city’s traffic cameras start issuing warnings this week

Trotwood plans to start using traffic cameras again.
Trotwood plans to start using traffic cameras again.

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. (Nov. 27):

The city of Trotwood will begin issuing warnings to drivers who run red lights or speed at high-risk, photo-enforced location throughout the city on Dec. 1, according to Trotwood police.

Here is a list of where the cameras will be located:

  • 4400 North Union Road: North and south
  • Ohio 49 and Free Pike: South, east and west
  • Ohio 49 and Wolf Creek: North
  • Ohio 49 and Olive Road: North and south
  • Salem Avenue and Turner Road: North and south
  • Salem Avenue and Wolf Road: North and south

The warning period will last for 30 days and citations will begin being mailed to drivers starting Jan. 1.

The fine for speeding or running a red light will be $85.

INITIAL REPORT:

The city of Trotwood plans to again use automated red light and speed cameras, becoming the second local community to resurrect its controversial traffic safety program.

Trotwood turned off its automated traffic cameras two years ago after state lawmakers put tough new restrictions on the devices, requiring police to be present during their operation in order to issue citations.

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But that requirement was struck down by the Ohio Supreme Court, paving the way for cities including Trotwood and Dayton to resume using automated cameras without needing to dedicate police resources.

Trotwood has seen crashes increase 40 percent since its cameras were shut off, said Mayor Mary McDonald.

The city receives revenue from the traffic camera citations, but safety is the main concern, she said.

“This is about saving lives,” she said. “This has to be done.”

The city has cameras at Salem Avenue and Turner Road, Ohio 49 and Free Pike and Ohio 40 and Olive Road.

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The cameras will issue warnings for the first 30 days of operation. After that, motorists caught on camera speeding or running red lights will be cited.

The city of Dayton is in the process of installing automated traffic cameras at five locations. Mobile speed trailers are already in use.

However, the Dayton Unit NAACP plans to circulate a petition that would put a measure on the November ballot that would allow Dayton voters to decide whether they wanted to curb use of the traffic cameras.

Critics say governments use the cameras primarily for the revenue they generate and not because they improve safety.

News Center 7 reporter Malik Perkins contributed to this report.

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