TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - New red light cameras have begun going up at intersections across the city of Toledo.
Some of the proposed locations were scrapped, but the 11 new cameras will now be placed at 6 locations chosen following an engineering study throughout the city.
"Feasibility and safety are the main things we're looking at when determining these intersections," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.
Police say the cameras should be snapping pictures by the end of this month.
In west Toledo, the cameras are being installed at the intersections of Secor and Alexis, Alexis and Whitmer, and Reynolds and Bancroft. In addition to Cherry and Delaware, cameras are planned at the intersection of Collingwood and Dorr in central Toledo.
In south Toledo, cameras will be placed along the Anthony Wayne Trail. Those will be speed cameras, monitoring drivers in both directions between south and the Toledo Zoo.
Police and some drivers say the cameras improve driving habits, but others say the threat of a citation causes drivers to recklessly slam on their brakes.
The city had considered switching to a new camera vendor, but will stay with Arizona based company Redflex. The city is now renegotiating its contract with the company.
City officials say the proposed contract substantially reduces the cut Redlfex gets from each citation, letting the city keep more than half. The city expects the new cameras to generate more than $300,000 each year.
The contract with Redflex is still being finalized. Council could vote on an emergency ordinance allowing the mayor to sign off on an agreement with the company next week.
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