TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Speed cameras are back in the Miami Valley. Trotwood is now the second city in Ohio, after Toledo, to bring back the controversial devices.
Trotwood police are now issuing warnings to drivers who get caught speeding with the devices and in 10 days they will begin giving out tickets.
The handheld speed detecting camera can be considered a hybrid of a radar detector and a red light camera. It can clock your speed from 1500 feet away like a radar and capture a video recording on the camera. The difference this time is the device is mobile.
“The difference came with a recent senate bill that said we had to have an officer present while the violation was captured,” Trotwood police Sgt. Brandon Holbrook said.
Trotwood police said the goal of their automated speed enforcement program is to decrease and deter speeding incidents that are leading to crashes, injuries and even deaths.
The speed guns are designed to record the speed and license plate numbers of speeding vehicles. The handheld cameras utilize LIDAR technology to monitor passing traffic. If a vehicle is traveling above the threshold of the posted speed limit, the attached camera captures video, images and data related to that potential violation. A Trotwood police officer will review evidence of all potential violations and they have sole discretion to determine whether a violation occurred.
If you do receive a ticket, drivers will be allowed to review the video online before they pay or contest the citation. However, points will not be added to your driving record nor will it impact your insurance. Trotwood police also said tickets from the cameras will have a lower fine–$85, than speeding violations where a driver is pulled over by an officer.
Although it’s now perfectly legal to use speed cameras, some still question the validity.
“It has been found that city that did implement this system have made literally millions of dollars off of it the question is of course is are they just using that as a speed trap to help the municipals coffers or is it really set up to deter traffic violations,” University of Dayton Law Professor Tom Hagel said.
Trotwood police will begin issuing tickets on November 13.