While state legislators are debating the future of safety cameras in Ohio, officials from many cities cite the success of the life-saving technology in reducing accidents and allowing police resources to be better allocated.
Watch a video of municipal leaders explaining the benefits of cameras.
Anyone wishing to urge legislators not to eliminate this important public safety tool should consider signing on to a safety advocacy letter, which will be sent to members of the Ohio Senate to highlight the statewide support for safety cameras.
Safety Cameras Save Lives
Statistics from across Ohio show safety cameras are working to reduce red light running and speeding and the resulting crashes:
Dayton: 35% reduction in red light running crashes (Dayton Daily News, September 15, 2012)
Columbus: 74% reduction in right-angle crashes and 25% reduction in rear-end crashes (Columbus Dispatch, January 18, 2012)
West Carrollton: 55% reduction in crashes (West Carrollton Police Department, Sept. 2013)
Parma Heights: 54% reduction in crashes (Parma Heights Police Department, Sept. 2013)
Springfield: 47% reduction in crashes (Dayton Daily News, October 13, 2011)
Toledo: 39% reduction in fatal red light running crashes (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2011)
In 2003, the City of Dayton installed its first "SafeLight" public safety photo enforcement cameras to help reduce accidents at key intersections by detecting vehicles running red lights. To broaden these public safety benefits, in 2011 the City added speeding detection cameras at key locations (view June 29, 2011 news release). Today, 21 red light or speeding detection cameras are in use at 19 intersections.
The success of photo enforcement technology to enhance public safety is undeniable. For example, in 2011 the number of traffic accidents at 10 targeted red light photo enforcement intersections dropped by a combined 23 percent compared to the year before each intersection received cameras. In 2002 – the year before the first cameras were installed – there were a total of 6,599 accidents at intersections across the city. In 2011, that number was 4,311 – a nearly 35 percent decrease. Such a decrease saves tax dollars and staff time since police and fire crews are freed up to handle other calls. National statistics indicate that excessive speed is a contributing factor in one-third of all fatal accidents. Similarly, speed was identified as a contributing factor in 31 percent of the traffic deaths documented by the Ohio Department of Public Safety in 2007.
Click here to view a list and map of red light and speed locations throughout Dayton.
View Video of Your Violation and Pay Online
Motorists who receive a citation in the mail from the Dayton Public Safety Photo Enforcement Program can view the video of the violation and pay the fine on-line. To view the video, you must enter city code "DAY" and the citation notice number that appears on your citation form. The video images will only be available to the viewer for 60 days. Clicking on the following link will take you to the website www.photonotice.com for viewing the video.
No points are imposed against a violator's driving record under the Photo Enforcement Program. There are three options to resolve the citation:
- Pay the fine within 15 days. You can pay your citation fee online by credit or debit card, or by sending a check by mail as indicated on the citation notice ("Notice of Liability").
- Within 15 days, provide information indentifying the person actually driving the vehicle, if the driver was not the registered owner, then mail the notorized "Affidavit" to the adress shown on the citation.
- Within 15 days, return the "Hearing Request" to have the dispute scheduled to be heard before a hearing officer.
Failure to act on the above options will result in default, and a $25.00 late fee will be added to the fine amount. The responsible party will then receive a "Default Notice." If the responsible party does not respond to the Default Notice, the citation will be sent to a collection agency.
If the responsible party chooses to have an administrative hearing to appeal the citation, the $85.00 citation fee must be paid prior to the notice due date. If the citation is paid, the following will occur:
- An appeal hearing will be held before a hearing officer.
- If the hearing officer finds in favor of the City that a violation did occur, the $85.00 will be retained by the City to satisfy the citation amount.
- If the hearing officer finds in favor of the responsible party, the $85.00 citation fee will be refunded.
- If the responsible party fails to show for the hearing, the $85.00 citation fee will be retained to satisfy the fine amount.
For questions involving camera-enforcement citations or the administrative appeals process, please call Officer Carol Johnson at 937-333-1142 or Officer Dyan Thomas at 937-333-1104.