Skip to comments.Traffic cameras bring tiny Ohio village to a stop
Posted on 06/29/2013 2:44:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Each day, thousands of carssometimes as many as 18,000rolled along Elmwood Places streets, crossing the third-of-a-mile town to get to neighboring Cincinnati or major employers in bustling suburbs or heavily traveled Interstate 75. Many zipped by Elmwood Places modest homes and small businesses at speeds well above the 25 mph limit. Bedeviled by tight budgets, the police force was undermanned. The situation, villagers feared, was dangerous.
Then the cameras were turned on, and all hell broke loose.
Like hundreds of other U.S. communities big and small, Elmwood Place hired an outside company to install cameras to record traffic violations and mail out citations.
In the first month after the cameras began operating, late last year, 6,600 tickets went outmore than triple the villages population. Before some unsuspecting drivers realized it, they had racked up multiple $105 citations they would learn about when their mail arrived weeks later.
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This is so wrong. It’s bad enough these poor people have to go to Cincinnati in the first place.
LMAO Bite the locals in the ass did it? Greedy councilmen/women that voted for this, oh and they resigned? You get what you vote for and we got sh!t.
PS I didn’t vote for Zero or any other socialist, commie, fascist homo loving prick.
Po’ lil’ statists. Unintended consequences are real female canine, huh?
Traffic cameras are ALWAYS about money. Any politician who says otherwise is a liar.
Actually, I don't think Begich can get re-elected, Repubs outnumber the Dems up here and too many people figure Mark ain't as powerful as Donny Young, or as smart on his feet. Funny thing is if Begich would change party, he would get back in. Alaskans appreciate his votes against gun control & ole Big Ears. I guess I've seen dems in the lower 48 that are worse than Begich; and Repubs not any better.
From the Article:
Bill Wilson, 43, is running for village council in the fall election. He returned to Elmwood Place after living in southwest Florida for 20 years; there, he said, red-light cameras, speeding cameras, accident cameras and crime security cameras are commonplace.
“You get accustomed to it,” Wilson said.
Yes,I suppose you do get used to living in a police state. I too lived in Florida for 25+ years. It was nice when I first arrived from the Midwest and by the time I left it was totally... I want to say trashed but that’s to strong a word. It was no longer the Florida I had gone to and learned to love.
Stay out of Washington DC, It’s full of the damned things.
Mayor Gray’s form of Commuter tax.
We have those here in Jersey it’s quite a controversey.
If you are ticketed there is no recourse you can go to court but it is a waste of time. You will pay. We have right turn on red, but you must stop for 4 seconds before making the turn.
This has made a lotta money as that is not in the driving manual! Running red lights I can see is very serious as I Know personal friends killed in accidents of this nature. The thing is they have shortened the yellow light to increase ticketing. It’s always a morning bitch on the local conservative talk radio station!
We too have business suffering because people will go out of their way to avoid the major streets with cameras
Now hold up.
The had 20,000 speeders a MONTH through a school zone. One cop that couldn’t keep up with it.
The cameras have dropped the number of actual speeders through that same zone to a quarter of that.
The crybaby crap in this article is stupid.
These people are poor! They can’t afford these tickets!
Then stop freaking speeding! The sign says to go 25, you go 25 or less and you won’t get a ticket. How hard is that?
The whole village of New Rome, Ohio was dissolved when their speed trap court was taken away. Unfortunately the fun website www.newromesucks.com appears to be down, but the Wayback machine archive is still there.
The politicians have far too much power.
My friend got a ticket in Chicago and he hasn't been there in 15 years. It wasn't his car. Wrong license plate.
Also, who is driving. My girlfriend's driven my car before and vice versa. If either one of us gets hit by a camera, the other could get the ticket.
As my friend with the ticket says, cars don't run red lights. Drivers do.
Bingo! It’s a simple solution—stop speeding. I despise red-light runners and a$$holes who speed through school zones. This ain’t rocket science!
Well Darren, make the speeding party pay!
In Great Britain damage to traffic cameras became so common place many were never replaced.
How about not being guilty till proven innocent and screwing up traffic records of people (Insurance driving points are different than state driving points). If you can't prove the driver, don't write the ticket.
So, when is open season on traffic cams?
Heh. Good one.
Believe me, It catches on quick after first few are shot out; then becomes the local national past time; and shows the masses how little power the elite really have once the people wake up and say no more for you guys.
That's a palace in some cities.
Now this here is the best deal in my old neighborhood. It's not one of those crappy $1 houses. This looks pretty nice. It's even got glass in the windows. Today.
Forgot to mention. Monthly payment is $5 if someone is stupid enough you give you a 30-years loan.
The sad thing is that many of these older houses that are rotting away are of better construction and materials than the ones being built today.
A way to address that would be to give the vehicle owner 30-60 days to prove innocence/identify the driver before entering the owner record. But I doubt they provide that much leeway.
So, when is open season on traffic cams?
Then put a real cop there...
Red light cameras are about revenue, not safety.
Real 2x4s, slate roofs that last 100 years.