“These things are about profiteering on the backs of urban citizens, the people who can least afford it now become an ATM, not just for the city, but for the red light camera company,” Finney said.
Carper said 25 percent of the revenue generated by the cameras goes to the company that operates them. He said there are a variety of steps taken before a ticket is issued, including a review of the citation by both the company and Dayton’s photo enforcement officers.
Finney said that despite the review process, the ticketing violates due process.
“Where are you in that process where they review it?” Finney asked. “You’re not there.”
Citizens can appeal their ticket without paying bond, Carper said, adding that 30 percent of people who appealed their tickets had them overturned.
Dayton brought back its photo enforcement program last year after a brief hiatus. The program was shuttered in 2015 with the passage of a law that required officers to be present when traffic cameras were in operation.
Carper said traffic incidents increased dramatically when the program was shelved, with a more than 218 percent increase in red light violations in areas where the cameras weren’t issuing citations anymore.
“We have a speeding problem in Dayton,” Carper said.
The Dayton Unit NAACP voted unanimously to put the issue on the ballot, President Derrick Foward said. The group will now begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.