New Traffic Cameras Up and Running

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLEVELAND -- Drivers, slow down.

There are new traffic cameras to catch you if you're speeding.

"The equipment is new, but we've had speed enforcement cameras in the city of Cleveland since 2005. It's an upgrade in technology that we've deployed," said Martin Flask, Public Safety Director.

Friday was the first full day that the city of Cleveland deployed a handful of new mobile traffic cameras in and around the city.

"We put them where police think there's an excess of speed, as well as city council complaints," added Flask.

Six new units sit on Superior Avenue, E. 55th Street, St. Clair Avenue, Detroit Road, Pearl Road and W. 114th Street near Edgewater Drive.

"With these new units, we can actually tow them to trouble areas, and this unit can run 24-7 up to two weeks by itself. A lot of times, we get complaints from council members who have a problem with speeding, but the problem is 11:00 at night," said Larry Jones, project manager.

Each ticket from these cameras cost $100, but some critics think it is a way for the city to make money.

"It does generate revenue, there's no question about that. But it's a very small amount in compared to what it costs to operate in the city of Cleveland. It's about one percent," added Flask.

Combining the traditional and mobile traffic cameras, there's a total of 40 traffic cameras in Cleveland.

Drivers we talked to think it's a good thing.

"I think it's good for safety reasons. People are speeding and if you are breaking the law, you should be caught," said Allen Burhan, of Cleveland.

"People are speeding, driving all crazy. There are too many accidents, so I think it's a good thing," added Kia Jones, of Cleveland.

Despite a technical glitch Thursday, all six new traffic cameras were fully operational Friday.

Click here for continuing coverage on this story.