Dayton Commission votes to pass red-light camera ordinance

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Dayton City Commission voted Wednesday to enact an ordinance that would bring controversial traffic cameras back to the city.

The cameras will be implemented to catch drivers who speed and run red lights.

While some say there’s no need for the cameras, others say the cameras save lives.

“We want people to follow the law and we need to use every technology we can to make sure people are doing that to make our city safe,” said Mayor Nan Whaley.

Dayton resident, Mark Browning doesn’t think the cameras will change anything.

“People are going to be crazy anyways. A lot of people don’t adhere to the speed limit as is,” said Browning.

The city plans to use 10 fixed cameras, 6 hand-held devices and 2 portable trailer units, which will all have an officer present. The city has not decided where the 10 fixed cameras will be located yet.

2 NEWS and WDTN.com told you last week about a study done by the insurance institute for highway safety found that when cities turned off the cameras, fatal crashes where drivers ran red lights, rose 30 percent.

Dayton police chief Richard Biehl provided similar figures. He said the city has seen a 45 percent increase in traffic deaths in the last three years.

 

It could take months before the cameras go live. 2 NEWS will keep you updated as the story develops.

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