Traffic cameras in Dayton to keep rolling

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Drivers in the City of Dayton are not off the hook when it comes to a traffic camera catching you breaking a traffic law.

You saw Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley comment during a live stream at WDTN.com about what the new state budget means to the city.

Mayor Whaley said Tuesday the city filed a new injunction with the court to keep the cameras rolling, but several officers will now be placed sporadically at locations where the traffic cameras are located.

The state mandates that a police officer be present at traffic camera locations to issue tickets. The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court ruled the mandate unconstitutional, so Dayton kept its cameras active.

“Stats show this is a safety issue for us and we see an increase in safety and how people follow the law in our city,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. “We go after excessive speeders and statistics show that residents are slowing down.”

The cameras not manned by a police officer will also remain turned on, but they will be used to collect traffic data.

Keeping the traffic cameras will directly affect street maintenance in the city, and Mayor Whaley sees it as a direct result of state legislators inability to support its metro cities.

“There’s an exasperation that we don’t really have a partnership with the state of Ohio anymore,” the mayor said. “When you have a state where 90 percent of its economy comes from the building of metros and you have a state government that decides instead to cut the services that those metros are providing. I think it’s pretty clear that they don’t understand how to grow economies.”

For the time being, city leaders will look for ways to address the loss in dollar.

Ultimately if the cameras must be removed or utilized with an officer, the Mayor believes, “We’ll see an increase in accidents. We’re still going to keep tthe cameras on so we can collect data because we know and we’ve shown that these have made our roads safer.”

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edme’ is working this developing story for you now. Complete coverage begins at 5 on FIVE on 2.

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