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August 4, 2009

PLACES TO AVOID: HEATH, OHIO

Columbus Dispatch - City officials say they were shocked by the number of violations recorded during the first month of [Heath's] traffic-camera enforcement and decided to make it cheaper to protest multiple tickets. More than 10,000 violations had been recorded by traffic cameras through Tuesday. At $100 apiece, that would net the city a little more than $830,000 after paying the vendor, Redflex, its share.

In four weeks, the cameras will have generated an amount equivalent to roughly 12 percent of the Licking County community's annual budget -- and a lot of anger.

Mayor Richard Waugh said the city's intention was not to saddle drivers with four, six or sometimes eight or more tickets. Citations were not mailed for almost three weeks, however, to give City Council members a chance to modify the program in response to the high number of violations.

2 Comments:

Anonymous revenue is the aim of gov't. said...

"Citations were not mailed for almost three weeks, however, to give City Council members a chance to modify the program in response to the high number of violations." Apparently, the law was altered or at least reviewed after the infractions. Can you say expost facto boys and girls? Jesus somebody needs to find these bloodsucking municipalities a literate lawyer. When you let every dumbass indigent gov't. make law, you get lots of revenue-generating dumbass laws.

August 4, 2009 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam: fact check! City in story is Heath, ~35 miles east of Columbus.

August 5, 2009 8:49 AM  

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