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Council to vote on traffic cameras



Published: Tue, January 1, 2013 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City council is expected to vote Wednesday to hire a company to install traffic cameras in school zones.

Councilman John R. Swierz, 7th Ward, is one of the ordinance’s sponsors and said Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix will receive the contract. City officials also heard proposals from American Traffic Solutions of Tempe, Ariz., and B&W Sensors LLC of St. Louis.

The company’s fee will be paid solely out of traffic fines charged to those caught on camera violating traffic laws, he said. An exact amount has not been specified.

“There will be some other costs associated with this because we’ll probably have to hire a clerk, someone to review the pictures in case there’s challenges, and we don’t know what that cost will be because we don’t know how many tickets we’re going to give out,” Swierz said.

That individual’s salary would come out of the proceeds of the camera-related traffic fines, he said.

The cameras will be placed in school zones, and Swierz said council has “no intention at this time to expand it beyond the school zones.”

He said the cameras are intended to deter speeding and make up for reduced staffing in the traffic division.

“There will be those people who think it’s another way for city to make money. We hope we don’t make any money. It’s to change behavior,” he said.

The cameras also could be used to investigate other crimes, Swierz said, such as several fights that took place near city schools this year.

Mayor Charles Sammarone said he supports the cameras based on the recommendations from police Chief Rod Foley and the council safety committee.

“I listen to the expert on this, and that’s [Foley] who deals with safety,” Sammarone said.

Swierz said the cameras will be installed two to four months after the contract is signed.

After the cameras are operating, drivers will have a 30-day grace period, and the camera locations will be listed on the police department’s website, he said.

“We’re not trying to hoodwink anyone,” Swierz said.


Comments

1dmacker(254 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

If the school zones why not the whole city.
We could catch all of the speeders and other criminals and Youngstown would be a safe place to live.........

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2fcb(318 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

They tried this in Girard a few years ago. Afte a few law suites they will come down and the money will be lost.

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3ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Youngstown is notorious for people completely disregarding traffic lights. The cameras are needed at traffic signals as well. But when a good number of the parasite class in the city don't even have licenses and don't have money, this isn't going to affect them at all.

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4endthismess(301 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I say the city needs to move forward with this program.....asap. Well over due for all the slugs and offenders who this will address. A large percent of the normal driving 'licensed' population will be very uneffected by this move, so stop all this pathetic wimpering and whining. The only one's this will 'bother" will be the usual slime ball offenders who always think they can do what they please because they view thenselves to be exceptional individuals who are above and beyond the reach of the law. GO FOR IT City!!

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5endthismess(301 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh....and when these parasites who drive and offend cannot, will not pay their fines or decide to come up empty handed... make these bums work off their debts by putting them to work on all the various "beautification" projects the city and county need help with such as picking up the garbage these bums pitch out their car windows, mow and trim trees, bushes and clean up the vacant lots or houses they walk away from, paint and scrape all the houses which our seniors are still trying to live in while these POS try to vandalize...ohhhh ..... yessss.....plllennnntyyyyyy of work will be always available...plenty!!

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6grg019(34 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Cops are lazy! All They Do Is Harass People When they feel Like It. Grab A doughnut And Sit In The School zones Like You Are Suppose to And get the speeders! Yea You Are Trying To Make money From The taxpayer's pocket!

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