Dayton police have brought back speed-detection and red-light cameras to city streets. The program now includes ten fixed camera systems along with six hand-held devices and two portable trailer units. This move reignites a debate that a previous program started. That plan was left on hold in 2015 due to tougher restrictions on automated traffic camera equipment.
According to officials, the Dayton Police Department will be operating in accordance with state law. The plan also states that cameras will be employed only part time due to limited police resources. Despite this impediment, authorities see the overall program as a way to keep roads in Dayton safer. In October, speed or red-light violations generated warnings. In November, however, violations caught on camera produced citations which included an $85 fine plus penalties and any late or unpaid fines.
Fixed red-light cameras can be found at the following locations:
- West Third Street and James H. McGee Boulevard
- Linden Avenue and Smithville Road
Speed-detection cameras, on the other hand, can be found at:
- North Gettysburg Avenue near Fairbanks Avenue
- North Main Street near Siebenthaler Avenue
- Keowee Street between East Third and Fifth streets
Previously, authorities said that they will only document and cite motorists for violations caught on camera if there is an officer present at the equipment. However, recent reports claim that while the city of Dayton will not move far from its original plan, police officers need not be present at the equipment and that the devices can cite motorists.
Weeks prior to this, Dayton officials claimed they would reevaluate how the program should be restarted given its controversial nature. Likewise, a court ruled that requiring cities to put enforcement personnel at operating traffic cameras was unconstitutional. This has given Dayton the chance to operate and use their automated cameras 24/7 as opposed to operating them only when an officer was present.
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The court ruling also helps traffic cameras become more appealing to other jurisdictions in Ohio provided that they don’t need to assign dedicated police officers to them. Nonetheless, Dayton has indicated no signs of expanding the traffic camera program beyond the previously disclosed locations.
Provided that the cameras will be operating 24 hours a day and without the requirement of a police officer when documenting and citing motorists, authorities expect more people to be caught for running red lights or for speeding. Previously, the city used cameras to cite traffic violations starting in 2002. It was forced to shut down the program in mid-2015 following new state law and restrictions. The Fitch Law Firm provides legal service trusted by many Ohioans for their pedestrian, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and car accident cases.