Dayton officials say the cameras aren’t about making more money from tickets, but rather keeping people safe.
Dayton saw a 40 percent increase in property and injury crashes between 2014 and 2016, which officials say was because of the shelving of the city’s photo enforcement program.
“We do know for a fact that this does change driving behavior, and we are looking forward to seeing a very dramatic decrease in traffic violations, which lead to pedestrian injuries and other traffic crashes,” Dayton Police Department Lt. Col. Matt Carper previously told this news organization.
Dayton’s photo enforcement cameras were recently brought back after a hiatus. The city stopped using photo enforcement in 2015 with the passage of a strict state law that required cities to station police officers at traffic cameras when they were in use. That law was ruled as unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court last year.
Dayton brought back its traffic camera program last year and is currently operating fixed traffic cameras, mobile traffic camera trailers and hand-held cameras.
The city issued more than 10,000 citations to motorists between November 2017 and February 2018 using two mobile speed trailers. The amount of citations issued decreased over time.
At the time, the trailers were parked at Riverside Drive and North James H. McGee Boulevard. At Riverside, the amount of citations decreased from 2,313 in November to just 784 in January. At McGee, the amount of citations decreased from 2,416 in November to just 806 in January.
Some Dayton drivers have expressed support for traffic camera reform.
"Maybe we need to be looking at providing better resources so our officers can be present … when those people are making those violations," Dayton resident Seth Baughton previously told this publication.
Foward, who said he’s never received a ticket from a photo enforcement camera, praised the Dayton Police Department’s traffic analysis and action on traffic safety, but he said the city should use stationed police officers at high-traffic times instead of photo enforcement cameras around the clock.
Any Dayton resident is welcome to attend the town hall, which will be held at the Dayton Boys Prep Academy at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21.