DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Bolstered by the significant reduction in traffic accidents since red light photographic enforcement cameras were first installed in 2003, the City of Dayton is expanding the program by installing speed enforcement cameras at 10 locations around the city.
The Dayton City Commission today approved a two-year agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems to install the speed enforcement cameras at the following locations:
- Gettysburg Ave. – between Beerman & Fairbanks
- Gettysburg Ave. – between Graphix & Little Richmond
- Smithville Road – between Fourth & Merrydale
- Smithville Road – between Argella & Marimont
- W. Third St. – between Hatfield & Alder
- Patterson Blvd. – between River Park Dr & Carillon
- Salem Ave. – between Otterbein & Rugby
- S.R. 35 – both east and west of Abbey
- Needmore Road– between Interpoint & Brandt
- Keowee St. – between Fourth & Bacon
The City of Dayton completed a five-month speed study last year to identify the worst problem areas. The 10 locations were ultimately chosen based upon the number of rear-end accidents, which are generally caused by speed and/or motorists following too closely. Since the accidents typically occur at intersections, the speed cameras will be set up several hundred feet before the intersection. The desired effect is that drivers slow down before they get to the intersection to prevent accident/injury.
The City of Dayton and Redflex entered into an original agreement for photographic enforcement of red light violations in July of 2002, and the first set of cameras was installed in March of 2003. There are currently 20 red light cameras in operation at 10 intersections around the city.
"Since the red light cameras were first installed in 2003, we have seen a 35 percent reduction in red light-running accidents at intersection where the cameras are in place, and a 30 percent reduction in accidents citywide," Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said. "Based upon this experience, as well as what we have found in other cities that already using the speed cameras, we fully expect to see further reductions in traffic accidents, which means our streets will be safer for motorists and pedestrians."
A speeding offense will be detected by sensors that are buried in the pavement and are connected to the cameras. The date, time of day, and speed of the vehicle are recorded. This information will also appear on the citation sent to the violator. The camera will snap a series of three photos of the offending vehicle: one of the rear of the vehicle, a close up of the rear license plate, and a wider image of the entire roadway.
The cameras are expected to be installed within the next 60 days. Advanced warning signs also will be installed about 50 yards before the cameras to alert motorists they are approaching a targeted speed enforcement area.
After installation, there will be a 30-day warning period before official citations are issued. During the 30-day grace period, violators will receive warning notices in the mail alerting them of their speeding violations, with no fine attached. Following the 30-day grace period, actual fines will be included in the mailed notices. The citation for both red light and speed violations will remain as an $85.00 civil citation. The City of Dayton will receive $55.00 per citation issued, with Redflex receiving $30.00 per citation to administer the program.
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