Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 4:23 PM
By: Cornelius Frolik - Staff Writer
The city of Dayton is citing motorists using automated, mobile traffic cameras since the mandatory warning period has ended, during which time almost 18,000 warnings were issued to car owners.
Dayton police have operated two mobile speed trailers and multiple hand-held speed cameras for more than one month.
Right now, two trailers are stationed at Riverside Drive and North James H. McGee Boulevard.
The trailers recorded 272,745 vehicles traveling above the speed limit in October. That’s out of about 386,700 vehicles that traveled past the devices while they were operation.
About 70 percent of vehicles on those roads are not obeying the posted speed limits, officials said.
However, just about 20,460 vehicles were traveling at speeds that made them eligible to receive a warning.
Every potential violation is reviewed by police, and citations — and warnings — are only issued when there is clear evidence of a violation, officials said.
Police mailed out 17,955 warnings to the registered owners of the vehicles caught on camera speeding. Police will start mailing out fines for violations recorded by the cameras moving forward.
The city is installing fixed automated traffic cameras at five locations, and installation of systems at two of the sites is nearly complete, officials said.
When the cameras go active, motorists caught violating the traffic laws during the first 30 days will receive warnings, but violations were result in fines after that.
The Dayton Unit NAACP recently announced it is circulating petitions to put a ballot measure before Dayton voters in November 2018 that would restrict use of the cameras to only when police are present.
But Dayton police and the city’s elected leaders have long claimed that the cameras are used primarily to improve safety on local roadways by encouraging motorists to slow down and not run red lights.