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Debate Continues on Red Light Cameras

OHIO -- Today a coalition of lawmakers and police officers from several cities met in Columbus to fight proposed legislation to eliminate red light and speed cameras.

Instead of a ban some local law enforcement say they want a compromise.

"It is a public safety matter first and foremost," Deputy Chief Doug Woodard, West Carrollton Police Department.

A public safety matter that's better explained when proven.

Video evidence, of a school bus running the red light, the driver slamming on the brakes, and narrowly missing two cars.

"We had decided to put our cameras at our highest traffic crash locations and we have seen a great reduction in those traffic crashes," said Deputy Chief Woodard.

But some, aren't convinced.

"I think it's a cash cow for the department," said Anthony Wright, "I don't think it reduces the accidents, and I think it's just a way for them to make some money."

But the City of Trotwood disagrees, saying the cameras save you money.

"When you start looking at what it saves the community, what it saves hospital costs, emergency room costs and things like that," said Captain John Porter, Trotwood Police Department, "Insurance costs are reduced because of the fact that these are out there, they're doing their job and slowing people down."

Trotwood has 12 fixed red light and speed cameras, along with two mobile speed vans.

And according to police, those cameras have reduced the number of accidents by 35 to 40-percent.

"You're gonna see people slow down because they know those cameras are there," Captain Porter.

It's because of that, local law enforcement is pleading with Ohio legislators to halt the proposed ban on the cameras, asking for legislation that would lay out the same rules and regulations across the state.

"I definitely agree with that, something in moderation is a little bit better approach," said Elaine Craynon, lives in Trotwood.

The fate of House Bill 69 now sits in the Ohio Senate's hands. They could start testimony as early as next week.

 
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