Motorists who remember the city of Dayton’s former traffic camera program will have no difficulty grasping how the new one will work. They are very similar.
Just as before, the fixed red-light and speed-detection cameras will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they will be automated and unmanned.
The city has selected five familiar places to install the devices, which will record evidence to cite motorists for speeding and running red lights.
The city’s camera program will be similar — but scaled down — from the previous version that was shut down in mid-2015.
Dayton police will put 10 fixed camera systems at five sites across the city, the locations of which are very close to — if not identical with — some of the spots where traffic cameras previously operated.
Dayton police determined the locations after analyzing three years of traffic crash data, and they will be at or near five high-crash intersections, police said.
The city plans to put be fixed red light cameras at West Third Street and James H. McGee Boulevard and Linden Avenue and Smithville Road.
Speed-detection cameras will be installed at North Gettysburg Avenue near Fairbanks Avenue; North Main Street near Siebenthaler Avenue; and Keowee Street between East Third and Fifth streets.
The intersections targeted by the Dayton Police Department’s rebooted traffic camera safety program represent some of the worst places for traffic crashes in the city.
Between November 2013 and October 2016, there were 274 traffic crashes at those intersections or ones very close by, according to city’s bureau of traffic engineering.
The camera sites will be familiar to many motorists, because the city previously operated red light cameras at West Third Street and James H McGee and speed cameras at North Gettysburg Avenue near Fairbanks Avenue and South Keowee near Fourth Street.
North Main Street at Hillcrest Avenue had a red light camera, and South Smithville Road just south of Linden Avenue had speed cameras.
To be sure, the city’s previous traffic camera program was larger, consisting of about 20 photo-enforcement systems.
The city pulled the plug on the program to comply with tough state restrictions on use of the cameras, which required police officers to be present while the devices are in operation.
The city was going to restart the program despite the state regulations and place officers at the cameras about eight hours per camera system per week, Dayton police Detective Jason Ward said earlier this year.
But the city successfully challenged the state restrictions to the Ohio Supreme Court, and the court struck down the requirement that officers monitor cameras while in operation.
Dayton will not place an officer at its devices, which will be automated and will record speeding and red violations 24 hours day.
Back in July, the city projected it would receive $533,000 annually in revenue from its photo-enforcement program, with about $133,400 going to the company that owns and operates the equipment.
The cameras are expected to issue many more citations since they do not have to have police present.
Using about 20 cameras, the city issued about 6,728 citations for red light violations and 47,636 citations for speeding in 2014, according to city data.
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