Dayton to vote to restart traffic camera program

A sign warning of red light cameras near the Hillcrest Avenue intersection. STAFF

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A sign warning of red light cameras near the Hillcrest Avenue intersection. STAFF

Dayton commissioners this week will vote on legislation that would reestablish the city’s use of cameras to catch and fine motorists who run red lights and speed.

City officials claim there has been a 45 percent increase in traffic fatalities in Dayton in the last two years, which they say could owe in part to the loss of traffic cameras.

The city proposes using 10 fixed camera systems, six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units.

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State law now forbids cities from using automated traffic cameras unless a police officer is present and monitoring the equipment at the time it captures traffic violations by video or photograph.

But the city plans to station officers at the cameras and take other steps to comply with the law.

The Dayton Police Department is asking the city to amend its code to permit use of the cameras.

Dayton commissioners have criticized the state for passing tough new restrictions on the devices. They claim the city’s roads have become more dangerous since they were forced to shut down the traffic camera program.

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