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Traffic cams may present more problems to cities
A research group says traffic cameras could create problems for cities as well as drivers
by WKSU's VALERIE BROWN


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A public policy group says contracting out traffic camera enforcement services can lead cities to focus on profit rather than traffic safety. Companies may shorten yellow lights or issue more tickets for less serious violations that a city may overlook.

Jacqueline Thomas is with the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. She says these deals may set ticket quotas or require revenue sharing. If a city waives too many violations or doesn’t generate enough money from the traffic cameras, it can be penalized.

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THOMAS -- “Cities will decide down the road they don’t want to be in these deals anymore. What we’ve seen in other states is the city will have to pay millions of dollars to get out of a contract.”

East Cleveland has an initiative on the November ballot banning traffic cameras.

But Mayor Gary Norton Jr. opposes it. He says traffic cameras bring in a million dollars in revenue each year. He says the city will lay off more than a quarter of its workers, including 50 police officers and firefighters, starting in mid-November if voters do not allow the traffic cameras to stay.

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I went out and voted YES on East Cleveland Issues 49 and 50 because our Mayor/King is off his rocker and a control freak.

Mayor/King Norton refuses to let anyone see the real financial books and with two cases in the court against him, I am the one to talk.

Even after Tuesday there will be major layoffs of police and other workers simply because we do not have he money to make payroll.

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Posted by: Gerald Strothers (East Cleveland) on November 5, 2011 9:11AM
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