Weathersfield to begin using speed cameras

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WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Police in Weathersfield Township are trying to get drivers to slow down. Beginning November 1, officers will begin using cameras to target speeders.

A grace period will be given to drivers for the first two weeks and warning notices will be sent during that time. Beginning November 15, tickets with civil fines will be issued.

The Ohio Legislature recently authorized local police departments to use the photo-monitoring devices to control speeding, provided that a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device at all times. The Youngstown Police Department began using the devices in July and in that first month 2,311 speeders were caught.

Weathersfield Police Chief Michael J. Naples, Jr. said the hand-held cameras provide additional safety for officers as they can remain inside their vehicles as the machine measures speed via a laser. The device then takes a picture of the car and its license plate.

Signs will be posted on the highways entering the township to inform inbound traffic that photo-monitoring devices are being used.

No points will be placed on the operator’s driving record. Citations are only issued to vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than ten miles per hour (six miles per hour in school zones). Fines are set at $100 and $150 in construction zones.

Drivers who contest their citation will have a hearing before a hearing officer. An appeal process is also available through the municipal or county court.

Naples said the speed cameras have shown to achieve dramatic reductions in speed violations.

“These devices are an efficient and effective tool to protect our officers and citizens on the roads”, Naples said. “With photo enforcement, drivers slow down, and our streets become safer for everyone

The township is under contract with Optotraffic, L.L.C. for the devices.

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