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Fewer Red Light & Speed Camera Tickets Issued
DAYTON -- It's no secret the red light and speed cameras are the least popular in town.
"I think it's tragic I think it's a trap," said a Dayton driver who's received five speed tickets.
But no matter how unpopular and controversial they are, there is some evidence that the cameras are working here in Dayton. The city says they're catching fewer people and that it's collected 33 percent less money in fines this year, down from $1.5 million to 1 million.
"Everybody's memorizing where they are," said the driver. "Everybody knows I'm about to get on this block of Gettysburg so slowdown."
Smarter drivers means fewer tickets. because these cameras are catching fewer drivers run red lights and fewer speeders, the city is issuing fewer tickets. So we wanted to find out if it plans to recoup the money.
"The word is out. They are obviously very visible and folks are slowing down as we anticipated," said Assistant Chief of police Bob Chabali. "We never brought this in for a revenue-generating component. We brought it in to prevent and reduce accidents which are primarily caused by speeding and running red lights."
Chabali acknowledges the city could always use more funds, but says the money generated is a very small portion of the cities budget and that they don't plan on adding more cameras or police officers.
"No that's not going to happen we are pretty much at the limit at this point," he said.
Right now state legislators are also looking at a best practices law to keep cities from abusing these cameras. Chabali says some cities have been caught giving out tickets to drivers going 1 mile above the speed limit.
"That would be abusive and that's not what we want to do," he said.
Drivers are ticketed if caught going more than 10 miles over the speed limit. You have the right to appeal.
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