Schiavoni favors ban on traffic cameras

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A movement to ban traffic cameras in the state of Ohio did not reach a vote on the last day of the legislative session on Thursday.

House Bill 69 would ban traffic cameras at intersections throughout the state. The only exception would be school zones, but a police officer would have to be on hand to oversee the cameras.

The bill passed the House Wednesday but State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, said the focus of the Senate on Thursday was a final budget, and the bill would not be discussed until the fall. But Schiavoni said he is in favor of the bill.

“If I had to vote on the bill today, I would probably vote for the bill. I do not think that communities need to have cameras put throughout the city to give massive amounts of tickets to people. I think that in order to give a ticket, you should have an officer there,” Schiavoni said.

He said he would be in favor of putting them in  school zones to keep kids safer, similar to what Youngstown is doing.

Last week, Youngstown City Council set the fines that would be associated with tickets given as a result of the traffic cameras.

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