MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - There were horns and hugs as some unhappy people in Maple Heights came together to protest traffic cameras in the city. The protesters believe they are just another tax and will kill jobs, as people will eventually choose to avoid the city.
"People told me they already lost customers that won't come in the city. *CAR HORN BEEP* That's the kind of reaction you get on the street," said Leroy Peterson, of Maple Heights.
Two traffic cameras are up now: one on Broadway south of Lee and another on Warrensville Center. Two more will be online in September.
As part of the protest, Celestine Wilburn led a petition drive and collected more than 1,200 signatures. She dropped off the petition at the clerk's office.
"I didn't say we didn't want them. I said let the voters decide what they want. Just don't give us anything. Let us decide it out on the ballot and let us decide whether we want the red light cameras or not," said Wilburn.
Part of the protest centers around the issue of public debate. There was none, according to the protesters and Councilman Bill Brownlee confirmed that. Traffic cameras were only discussed in council's special meetings, where the public has no opportunity to speak.
Brownlee voted for the cameras, but has second thoughts.
The protesters want a vote.