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Panel revisits traffic-camera idea

Published: Tue, November 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



City council’s Safety Committee is re-starting the process of installing traffic cameras, almost two years after the topic was first introduced.

Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, a safety- committee member, said he is in favor of traffic cameras to catch speeders and people who drive through red lights.

“It’s a great tool for the police since we have limited resources. We’re not looking to make money on it,” Swierz said.

Police Chief Rod Foley said he thinks the camera could be a tool for officers in cases other than traffic violations but that it could “set up a backlash.”

“You’re seeing constituents in other parts of the country vote it down,” he said.

Swierz said the safety committee, which met Monday, has recommended that city council put out a call for proposals from traffic-camera companies. Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, a company that likely would submit a proposal, gave a presentation at the committee meeting.

The original idea was to have the cameras only at school zones but that has changed to include an additional intersection in each ward. Swierz said in his ward, for example, he would favor a camera at Sheridan Road and Midlothian Boulevard.

There would be no start-up cost to the project, and the traffic-camera company would negotiate a percentage of the revenue generated from citations, Swierz said.

Swierz also recommended researching portable speed humps that could be moved to areas prone to speeders. Each speed hump costs about $800, he said. These are smaller than permanent speed bumps.

The committee questioned the legality of the speed humps which, if placed in the wrong location, actually could increase accidents, but Law Director Anthony Farris said the speed humps are legal.

However, Farris also said the council should have a study done of possible locations.

Safety Committee Chairman Nate Pinkard said the cost of a study could be more than the city can afford, but Swierz said city employees should be able to do such a study.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Red light cameras also create more accidents, rear end collisions. In one line "it's not about making money" in another line "the camera company will take a % of the profits.
Your right it's not about money it's about power.

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2valleynative19(52 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Great idea!
We need more 'Big Brother' watchful eyes in this area.lol

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3NoBS(2697 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Traffic cams are greatly unpopular with the general public. They are revenue generators - nothing more. They do not keep anybody safe.

When Girard had their camera along 422, the merchants in Girard complained to the city council that their business had fallen off. People simply avoided driving in that area, and bypassed Girard. Youngstown is struggling to attract people - why would they do something like this, that would turn people away?

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"We’re not looking to make money on it,” Swierz said."

It's all about the money . . ..

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5One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It's a shame that Big-Brother cant seem to keep enough eyes out to do anything about the crime that everyone is "actually" concerned about.

Not about the money. . . BullS&*^t!!!!!!

Stupidest idea they have considered in a very long time - and that's saying something when it comes to these clowns.

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6GPackwood(35 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

If you want to know why you don't want Red Light cameras just pull up Google and type in the little box... HOUSTON TEXAS RED LIGHT CAMERAS.

Don't even think about Red Light Cameras or anything else that stinks of Big Brother ...watching over dumb citizens.

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