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Traffic cameras will be in Youngstown school zones by fall

Published: Thu, June 20, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick



City council has agreed to place traffic cameras in school zones, but some of the lawmakers say they could be placed elsewhere in the future.

Council voted 7-0 Wednesday to establish laws on the cameras. About 10 will be installed in school areas this summer and be used around the start of the fall semester, primarily to catch those speeding when students come to and leave school buildings.

The ordinance, however, doesn’t restrict the devices from being used elsewhere. There are no immediate plans to move them to other locations, but that could happen at some point, some of the lawmakers said.

“I’m pleased they will be in school zones, but we can expand it in the future if we want,” said Councilman Nate Pinkard, D-3rd, safety committee chairman and retired Mill Creek Park Police Department chief.

But Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st, safety-committee chairwoman, said if a decision is made to place them anywhere else, she’ll “be out there with petitions to make sure they don’t go further than school zones.”

Councilman John R. Swierz, D-7th, a safety-committee member who’s pushed for the cameras for nearly four years, said council doesn’t plan to expand beyond school zones, but added: “As we go through this process, we may have an area with a high rate of traffic accidents” where the cameras can be used for safety reasons.

Council members started talking about cameras in school zones in 2009, and finally selected Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix in January as the company to install them. The service is free, with Redflex keeping about 30 percent of the money collected.

The law carries stiff fines — $100 for driving up to 13 mph over the speed limit in school zones, $125 for driving 14 to 19 mph over the limit, and $150 for going 20 mph over the limit. Also, nonspeed-based violations are $100. If a fine isn’t paid in 30 days, $20 is added. It goes to $40 if unpaid after 60 days, and to $60 after 90 days.

Those caught on the camera — which will be turned on only when students are heading to school and leaving when the school day is done — would be charged with civil violations so it won’t impact their driver’s license or registration.

Also Wednesday, council approved a resolution allowing owners of the downtown Wick Building, vacant for about eight years, to receive a $770,000 state loan. Council’s approval was needed for the NYO Property Group, which owns the structure at 34 W. Federal St., as well as other downtown buildings, to receive the loan.

NYO plans to spend $16.5 million to convert the 103-year-old building into a 52-unit rental and extended-stay living facility. Inside demolition work must begin by Aug. 1 for NYO to keep $3,667,500 in federal and state tax credits for the project. The company plans to get started next month.


1NoBS(2173 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

The cameras will absolutely be placed outside the school zones. When the council sees the potential windfall these things can generate, they'll be on every main drag, and everywhere suburban residents have to drive when they go to work in the city.

They can bleat about safety all they want - a camera does not make you safe. It doesn't do a thing. It won't even notice a drunk driver driving up the sidewalk, as long as the drunk isn't speeding. It won't stop an armed robbery that occurs right in front of it.

These things are income generators, and nothing else. Also, this story claims Redflex will keep 30% of the profits. Previous stories have indicated that that would be the city's take.

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2rayvindi(4 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Just a matter of time before more cameras appear at "dangerous" intersections. This is all about vacuuming out our pockets. I don't recall any epidemic of speeders threatening students in school zones. $25,000 a year, full medical, with sick days, vacation and pension for a job requiring only one meeting every other week?!!!! Excuse me, a committee meeting on the off week where revenue schemes are hatched. This is what council members (school board members too) learn when they travel to Vegas and other prime vacation spots, at our expense, "working hard" to glean new ideas to improve the city which are then consigned (if brought back, at all) to the shelves in City Hall containing millions of dollars of useless "studies" done by every vulture who has landed here to help strip the corpse of Youngstown. For those of us who live in the city, we are getting "fracked" in many different ways. PINKARD, pave Fifth Ave! Our city's premier street along with half of those in Youngstown are a disgrace--like council itself. Time for petitions, indeed; it's way past time to downsize city government starting with council.

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3sterlingone(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm in sales and travel throughout Youngstown and the surrounding areas daily. I have stated for years. The drivers in Youngstown are the biggest offenders for not respecting the posted school zone speed limits. Just sit on Market street any school day by the old South High School during school hours. Williams ave is the same way. Drivers ignore the school limits. I understand most people are late for work everyday and then are in a hurry to get home everyday. Drive through Canfield, Boardman, Poland, or most of the neighboring areas and the school zone limits are observed. Why don't most of the drivers going throug the Youngstown zones don't care about these kids?

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4papa1(709 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

if you speed through school zones you should be caught and fined.

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5JoeFromHubbard(1363 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Not only do drivers in Youngstown have to deal with unnecessary and uncoordinated stop lights, they'll now face an additional impediment to travel through the city because of cameras.

It's no wonder that drivers often "roll" through stops signs and employ other techniques to minimize the frustration of traversing the main thoroughfares of Youngstown.

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6DSquared(1477 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Those cameras should be in the classroom, keeping an eye on many of the "junior" thugs in training!

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