A warning for Dayton drivers: watch your speed on N Main Street and Gettysburg Avenue because the speed cameras are back.
Three cameras went online in Dayton, Wednesday – as well as one mobile unit.
DANA: North Main Street is just one of the new locations for the traffic cameras and they are attracting a bit of mixed reactions. Some people say they help keep the streets a little safer while others say it’s just a way for the city to make money.
Dayton Resident Kenneth Wagner works just across the street from the camera on N Main Street near Siebenthaler Avenue.
He says he welcomes the initiative.
“It’s a good idea. They should have never taken them down,” Wagner said. “The way they drive – especially on main street – they don’t care about speed. You see that they hit kids over here before and kept going. So I’m glad the speed cameras are back.”
Just down the street from that camera is a mobile unit near Forest Glen Avenue.
Dayton Police Department Major Wendy Stiver said: “The trailer’s been in operation since midnight. Since then, it’s recorded 31 tickets.”
Police say injury crashes dropped by about 15 per cent from January to April, compared to the same period in 2017.
Police say violations are also down in current photo enforcement sites.
“The goal here is to reduce crashes, to reduce speeding,” Stiver said. And the data so far – since we’ve deployed this program and the data we’ve seen in hte previous program – is telling us that it’s working. “
There’s two more cameras on Gettysburg Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue.
The cameras will begin issuing tickets after an initial 30 day warning period.
But not everyone agrees the cameras are a good idea.
Lyft driver Eberechukw Eberechukw Cooper said he doesn’t think speeding is an issue – and there’s something else police need to keep their eye on.
“The problem around here and all over the city is people run red lights on purpose,” Cooper said. “So what would help is if they figure out some way to make a force field or a barrier to stop the intersection so you don’t have to worry about getting obliterated going through a green light. Now that would help. That would be tax payer money well spent.”