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(Toledo News Now) -
Mayor Mike Bell was in Columbus Tuesday to testify against the proposed ban on
red light cameras.
Ohio legislators have drafted House Bill 69, which would prohibit the use of
traffic law photo-monitoring devices. The same cameras have been ticketing
Toledo drivers since 2000.
public is divided on whether they think the cameras are a good idea or not. "I
think they're good in the sense that they slow down speeders," said Veronica
Woodson, a north Toledo resident. "I think that it's also negative because some
of them are faulty."
legislators that drafted House Bill 69 say the cameras are strictly
moneymakers, and offenders can't address their accusers. The cameras are
projected to bring in over $4 million for the city in 2013, but Mayor Bell
cited safety as the number one reason they should stay.
the cameras have shown, and what has been proven since they have been
installed, we have seen a change in driving behavior of citizens as they pass
through those intersections," said Shirley Green, deputy mayor of public
2007, a bill was introduced to restrict red light camera use. They've even been
challenged in the Ohio Supreme court.