TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Trotwood was the second city in Ohio, after Toledo, to bring back speed cameras and the controversial devices are proving to be a great resource for the city.
Trotwood officer Roger Hoff who’s trained to operate a speed camera said it’s helping them be even more efficient, “Agencies don’t have the manpower they used to. We’re harnessing technology.”
Besides that, he said the speed cameras pay for themselves, don’t require any additional manpower or tax payer money– all while reducing speeding and potentially save lives.
“Right now there using this during their normal duty hours and it’s a force multiplier. The officer can make one traffic stop every 10-15 minutes. As the stats put up before, we’re getting about one violator a minute with these,” Hoff said.
In the first week, more than $8,000 dollars in tickets were handed out. In the first week alone, there were 114 incidents, 96 received tickets in the mail while 18 were not cited because the video evidence or license plate reading was insufficient. The numbers also showed the intersection of State Route 49 and Salem had the most violations.
“We’ve gotten a very good reaction from citizens in our area, we’ve had a lot of people come up to me while I’m doing this who thanked us for being out there. They definitely like it in a residential area and where we’ve actually had a lot of complaints of speeding,” Hoff 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.
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.
Lawmakers got rid of the controversial devices previously. However, agencies are beginning to bring back the program to meet the new state guidelines. The handheld devices are now mobile and require an officer to be present at the time of the incident.
“Before when Trotwood and a lot of other cities did the red-light and the speed cameras programs prior to the state initiating the law governing those, our crashes were pretty much cut almost 50 percent. Since then our crashes have gone back up,” Hoff said.
The money is divided between the city and the Redflex (speed camera) company.