NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained a list of speeds for thousands of tickets issued on I-77 by officers with a special device that clocks speeds and snaps photos of license plates. Drivers get tickets in the mail later.
*See the list below*
We requested that list after we had heard of many drivers getting ticketed for 74 mph in a 60.
The I TEAM analyzed dozens of pages of records for more than 2400 tickets since a crackdown with the camera began in August. In fact, we found nearly 40% of those tickets are for 74 in a 60.
The photo speed enforcement is going on in Newburgh Hts. The mayor there said police with cameras start issuing tickets at 74 mph. Trevor Elkins said, “These citations are not issued for somebody going 4,5,6 miles over the speed limit. You’re going 14 miles over the speed limit, which is about 25 percent greater than what’s legally allowed.”
The tickets carry fines of $150 to $300.
So the I TEAM wondered if this crackdown began so that it could help pay for a big raise for the mayor. Trevor Elkins said in January he’s going from part-time to full-time, and that carries a salary boost from $12,000 a year to $69,000.
Elkins said town leaders decided long ago to make the mayor’s job full-time. He argues the cameras are simply a safe way for police to control speeds.
Nonetheless, we’ve shown you unhappy drivers. Last week, we met a woman who had gotten two camera tickets in two weeks. Both showed speeds of 74 in a 60, and both were issued at 10:14 a.m., yet they were issued two weeks apart. She’s appealing.