CLEVELAND (AP) – Several Ohio communities have found a way to work around a state law that tried to effectively ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras by using hand-held units that allow police to cite large numbers of motorists on busy freeways, something that wasn’t possible with automated units.
The Republican-controlled Legislature thought it could end traffic-camera enforcement with a provision in the law that requires a full-time police officer to be present when an automated enforcement camera catches someone speeding. But officers using hand-held cameras have been the business of issue the civil citations more efficient and potentially, more lucrative if they’re deployed above or the side of a freeway.
Officials in communities that are using the new technology say the safety of the motoring public, not revenue, is their first concern.
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