Traffic cameras under attack statewide
The Traffic Safety Coalition, a Bike Cleveland partner, has informed us that the Ohio House Transportation Committee, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will be considering legislation next Tuesday that would ban safety cameras in the state, stripping local law enforcement of the ability to use this important safety tool to change dangerous driver behavior and save lives.
Recently Bike Cleveland applauded the the City of Cleveland’s decision to expand their safety camera program (read our position statement here). Red light and speed safety cameras provide an increased level of protection to cyclists and pedestrians – a level of protection that is greatly needed on Ohio roadways. In addition, Research demonstrates the benefits of red light and speed cameras as tools to create a safer environment for everyone on the road. Both the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association say studies have consistently shown that the traffic cameras are effective in reducing death and injury caused by traffic collisions.
Take a moment and sign the Traffic Safety Coalition’s letter to Ohio’s legislators telling them not to strip local law enforcement of this important tool that helps make our roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Here is the letter.