The fate of Cleveland's traffic cameras will be decided this November

The fate of Cleveland's traffic cameras will be decided this November

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections officials say the group who opposes the traffic cameras has now obtained enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot this November.

This means voters will get to decide if the traffic cameras stay or go.

Cuyahoga County for Liberty, Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), Black on Black Crime, Inc., and Liberate Ohio worked together to collect more than 12,000 signatures.

Jason Sonenshein is one of the many who worked hard to get those signatures-even though he has never actually gotten a ticket from a red light camera.

"I'm concerned about the due process aspect of it, and that they ticket the owner of the vehicle whether or not that person was driving," said Sonenshein. 

Voters in seven other cities have rejected traffic enforcement cameras.

The City of Cleveland has always maintained the cameras are strictly for safety purposes. But Sonenshein said that even if that is the case, they aren't always safer.

"They were introduced in 2005, about the same time the city has to close a budget gap. There are also questions about the safety of red light cameras in particular. There are some studies that show the number of accidents increasing," Sonenshein said.

In 2013, the city raised nearly $6 million dollars from the fines.

"The City of Cleveland's automated traffic camera program is a valuable tool for improving public safety. We believe it has positively influenced driver behavior.  We will continue to work within the legal process established for voter referendums," the city said, in a statement.

So, come November, the fate of the camera lies in the hands of the people of Cleveland. We talked to many voters who said they'll come out and vote them down.

But Bradley May, a Cleveland resident, wants them to stay. He worries about the safety of his daughter.

"It's a 25-35 mile an hour zone and I see cars doing at least 50. They're fast around here and this is a neighborhood," May said.

Cleveland City Council is expected to vote on Wednesday, Sept. 3, on whether or not to put the red light camera issue on the November ballot.

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