Watch your driving, folks — Dayton is bringing back those controversial red-light cameras .
Our staff writer Cornelius Frolik reports: “Dayton police propose to have 10 fixed systems, six handheld devices and two trailer, portable units. The photo enforcement program began in 2003 and ended in July 2015 after an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that a sworn officer must be present in order to issue tickets. However, the cameras continued recording until the end of 2015 for data collection. The cameras caught huge increases in speeding and red-light violations at those intersections with cameras, said Dayton officer Jason Ward.
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“Citywide since 2014, traffic fatalities have increased 45 percent, and crashes have increased 40 percent. Police identified and will target the top 25 crash intersections. The city would install fixed cameras at sites based on a three-year analysis of crash data, as required by state law, Ward said. The police department will have an officer present at the photo-enforced locations.”
These cameras stir up lots of discussion, pro and con. Your thoughts? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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