CLEVELAND: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and others are making a last-minute pitch to defeat a ballot measure that would severely limit use of automated speed and red light cameras.
Approval of a measure on Tuesday’s ballot in Cleveland would require police officers to write tickets at automated camera sites. City spokesman Dan Williams says the cameras are a safety measure for school zones and high-risk areas. He says it would take at least 60 officers to match the enforcement that cameras provide and the loss of $6 million in revenue would hurt the city further.
Opponents say the cameras infringe on due process rights. A decision is pending at the Ohio Supreme Court about the legality of cameras.
The Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights has a similar measure on Tuesday’s ballot.