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Girard signs pact for traffic cameras



Published: Fri, July 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Signs will be posted at all entrances to the city alerting motorists to video cameras.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

GIRARD -- The city administration is moving forward with plans to install cameras at traffic lights.

Officials signed a contract Thursday with Traffipax of Columbia, Md., to install cameras at traffic lights in the city. The cameras are designed to nab speeders, said Jerry Lambert, safety service director.

"This is something we need because we have too many speeders in the city," Lambert said. "We interviewed two companies and we believe that Traffipax gave us the best offer."

The city will not have to pay anything to have the equipment installed.

"Our contract calls for us to receive 70.6 percent of each ticket issued and the Traffipax will get 29.4 percent," Lambert said.

The company will also be responsible for placing signs at the 13 entrances to the city. The signs will notify motorists that video traffic enforcement is in use in the city, Lambert said.

"We are hoping to have the equipment in place either the week of July 11 or the week of July 18," Lambert said.

Council approved an ordinance last month allowing the use of video traffic enforcement in the city. A few councilmen objected, saying the city should wait and find out if state officials pass legislation banning cameras installed at intersections unless a law officer was present to hand out tickets.

The Ohio House of Representatives voted 73-24 on May 18 to approve the measure and forward it to the Senate.

Councilman Frank Migliozzi, who voted against the ordinance, said he respects council's decision. Migliozzi has said that he hopes the cameras don't hurt area business.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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