TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Drivers on Anthony Wayne Trail may have noticed new cameras going up between South Avenue and the Toledo Zoo. The cameras will start operation soon.
The street's speed limit is 50 mph and the cameras will be looking strictly for people breaking that speed limit. Installation is almost complete and the cameras are set to be turned on some time within the next few weeks.
It is something the Toledo Police Department hopes will make for a safer road because dangerous driving is all too common.
"We have had some serious accidents in that location," said Lt. Jeff Sluewski with the TPD.
Sluewski said cameras can help make a difference.
"The goal is safety and to slow the traffic down," said Sluewski.
Whenever someone is driving faster than 50 mph, the cameras will snap a picture of the car's license plate. The offender will receive a $120 ticket in the mail.
"I would think if they would get a ticket with a fine, yes, they would definitely think twice on slowing down," said Sluewski.
According to Sluewski, those tickets will generate revenue for the city. Still, it is not the reason the cameras are being installed.
"The goal is not to issue a bunch of tickets. The goal is for people to slow down, drive the speed limit and hopefully making that stretch of road safer," said Sluewski.
Sluewski believes the presence of the cameras and signs warning drivers they are being watched could even help drivers slow down before they break the law, before a ticket is issued, or before an accident happens.
Some drivers said they are worried about accuracy of the cameras, but Sluewski said each picture and video will be reviewed by someone in the department before a ticket is sent.
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