Cleveland communities seek votes to end ticket cam programs

| Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Use of ticket cameras is a perennial topic on Election Day. With a track record of opposition to such law enforcement techniques, the issue could once again be included on various local ballots this fall.

One Ohio community is pursuing a question about whether to continue the use of cameras to generate tickets. The city’s police use one speed camera that is concealed in a van.

The only warning about the camera is posted on the road ahead of the van. Police also publicize where the van will be located.

Speeders caught on camera are sent tickets for driving more than 10 mph above the posted speed.

Residents in South Euclid, OH, submitted the required signatures to put the traffic camera issue on the ballot. City officials have until Sept. 9 to verify the signatures and make a final decision about including the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The referendum is expected to ask voters whether an officer must be present on the site in order to issue tickets.

In nearby East Cleveland, a similar effort is underway to address the city’s use of speed cameras and red-light cameras. Opponents of the camera program submitted signatures to the city council for it to review and then consider including a question on the ballot.

The city’s photo enforcement program employs mobile speed cameras and cameras posted at certain intersections.

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