Toledo gets $630K from 4 months of hand-held speed cameras


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials say Toledo collected almost $630,000 in fines during its first four months of using hand-held cameras to catch speeding drivers, providing a financial boost for a city facing budget troubles.

The Blade (http://bit.ly/2a5yiPS ) reports the program was expected to generate $800,000 in a year but is on pace to collect more than twice that amount.

Police officers using the devices have been stationed with police cars and motorcycles in school zones and along Interstate 475. Speeders captured on video are fined $120. At least $90 of that goes to the city.

Among the nearly 6,300 people ticketed was Theresa Gabriel, the chair of the city council’s public safety committee. She says taxpayers probably perceive themselves as victims but she’s sure city administrators see the program as a good thing.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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