CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland has stopped employing traffic cameras to enforce speed and red light violations after voters overwhelming approved a measure that effectively banned their use.
More than 77 percent of voters on Tuesday approved an issue that said the city could enforce traffic camera violations only if a police officer writes the ticket. A similar measure passed in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights.
Opponents who placed the issue on the ballot argued the camera program was illegal because the city and not a municipal court oversees appeals.
City spokesman Dan Williams said Wednesday that it would be too expensive to place officers at camera sites. The cameras have generated more than $5 million this year for Cleveland.
People will still have to pay tickets issued prior to midnight Tuesday.