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Foreign company could be issuing traffic fines in Canton
City considers deal with RedFlex Traffic Systems, part of an Australian group that operates traffic enforcement equipment.
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Canton 5th Ward City Councilman Kevin Fisher. He opposes traffic enforcement cameras, but says the idea could pass this time around
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Traffic ticket cameras could be coming to Canton.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the controversial idea, turned down in the past, will come to a vote in Monday night’s Canton City Council meeting.

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Needing the money

Canton Mayor William Healy wants traffic enforcement cameras, to help balance the city’s books.  In his 2013 budget proposal released in June, he said fines from cameras could bring in a million dollars to offset some of the $3-point-7-million dollar budget deficit projected for next year.

Council must approve

City Council is to vote in its September 17th meeting on Healy’s plan to use a private contractor, Australian-owned RedFlex Traffic Systems to operate seven cameras around school zones and at traffic lights in Canton.  Four would be in fixed locations and three would be portable.  The city and RedFlex would divvy up revenue from fines on a roughly 60-40 basis. A similar idea three years ago was dropped amid broad public protest.   But, 5th Ward Councilman Kevin Fisher, who opposes the cameras, says growing budget woes changed things.  “My math shows me that there’s not going to be a vote either way greater than seven – two.  And I happen to believe it will end up being a tie vote.” 

Tie breaker

Council President Allen Schulman breaks ties.  In 2008 he opposed traffic enforcement cameras saying they are “an assault on the right to privacy.”  Voters in Ohio have been mixed on enforcement cameras. For example, just recently they were rejected in Garfield Heights, and accepted in East Cleveland.


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