CLEVELAND – The Automated Photo Enforcement Program in Cleveland continues with the redeployment of 12 Portable Camera Units (PCUs) on Wednesday.
The cameras were first put on the roads at the end of September and they’re moved to a different location every two weeks.
According to a spokesperson for the city, 31,407 citations have been issued from the PCUs this year and the fees start at $100. Some of those citations are disputed or dismissed.
“I think it’s another money-making scheme,” said Ron Cooper from Cleveland. “It’s not about safety; it’s about money, profit.”
“Well, honestly, if you’re following the traffic rules, you shouldn’t have to worry about it,” said a driver who didn’t want to be identified.
The cameras have not been well-received by many drivers and one PCU was recently doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire near E. 85th and Hough. The camera was damaged and is still being repaired before it can be redeployed.
“I wouldn't go to that extent but I do disagree with that policy,” said Ron Cooper from Cleveland.
“That’s very unfortunate, no matter how angry you get about a situation, violence is never the answer,” said another driver in the city who didn’t want to be identified.
If caught, the suspect will be prosecuted but law enforcement officials said the camera did not capture a photo of the perpetrator in action.
“If you’re out here creating some kind of havoc or getting into trouble then you have something to worry about,” said Herb McClure in Cleveland. “If you obey the laws, what’s the big deal?”
Be warned, the vandalism won’t put an end to the program that, according to a release from the city, will “increase safety for the traveling public."
“Usually when I know the area, I try to avoid it or definitely go under the speed limit,” said an unidentified driver.
While they’re usually relocated every two weeks, the PCUs will maintain their location for a longer period of time because of the holiday season. They will be moved again after the first weekend of January.