Red light cameras: What your vote means for Issue 35

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CLEVELAND -- Demonstrators are not slowing down when it comes to protesting Cleveland’s speed and red light cameras.

Many drivers honked in support as they went through the intersection of East 40th Street and Prospect Avenue in Cleveland during rush hour Monday evening.

They are protesting the city's traffic cameras.  In two weeks, Cleveland voters get a chance to decide whether the cameras should stay or go.  It's Issue 35 on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election.

"I've gotten two tickets.  The last one, it was five months before they gave me the ticket, they took it in May," said Cleveland driver Jeanne Wilson.

"What is the purpose of these cameras actually, and in my estimation, they're money grabs, pure and simple," said driver David Patterson.

Ever since the first cameras were installed in 2008, city leaders have said they promote safety.

City councilman Zack Reed, who joined the demonstrators, says he first supported the cameras for safety reasons.  Now, he says they should come down.

"They've now turned into a revenue source ... we've lost the way of saying safety first and it just seems like now, we're going revenue first," Reed said.

Community leaders who led the rally also feel the ballot wording is confusing.  It asks whether the city should be prevented from operating traffic cameras.

"Voting yes on this issue, means yes, get rid of the cameras," explained Reed.

"With bicyclists and pedestrians really being vulnerable road users, we view this tool as necessary to affect motorists' behavior and really make our streets safer," said Jacob VanSickle, executive director of Bike Cleveland.

VanSickle says he feels traffic cameras do decrease accidents.  Although he knows it's an uphill battle, he urges voters to keep them around come November.

"You break the law, you get caught, you pay the fee...I think viewing the people getting tickets as the victims here is the wrong way to look at it," VanSickle said.

A spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson told Fox 8 the mayor believes keeping the cameras in place is the right thing to do, but also says Jackson will follow the wishes of the voters, whatever they decide.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Rely on Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for complete coverage.

 

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