The Dayton Police Department will be making changes to its red light and speed photo enforcement programs in order to comply with a new Ohio law. There are currently 20 fixed- location red light and speed enforcement cameras at intersections across the city, which record driver violations, leading to a ticket. But as of March 23, 2015, Ohio law will require that a police officer witness red light or speed violations in order for a citation to be issued.
By March 23, 2015, the Dayton Police Department will no longer use the fixed-location cameras as a way to issue speed or red light violations. The cameras may however continue to record traffic and crash data for the Department’s use.
The photo enforcement program is not going away: In order to continue monitoring the city’s established areas of concern, the Dayton Police Department will begin using three Mobile Speed Vehicles at various times, at the high incident intersections previously monitored by the cameras. One of the mobile speed vehicles will be dedicated to the East Patrol Operations Division, one to the West Patrol Operations Division, and the third to Central Patrol Operations Division. A Dayton police officer will be inside the Mobile Speed Vehicle which is equipped with a radar speed device and a camera. If a speeding violation occurs, the officer is there to witness it, and a citation will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The Dayton Police Department stresses that all previous red light or speed camera violations are still valid and need to be paid; and anyone with three or more outstanding parking, red light camera, or speed camera violations is still subject to having their vehicle impounded.
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 937-333-5907.