Mayor Jackson’s Letter of Opposition to House Bill 69 (H.B. 69)

The City of Cleveland has implemented traffic law photo monitoring technology in a way that reduces traffic incidents, protects citizens in a fair and responsible manner, and allows our city to utilize police officers in a more effective manner – Mayor Frank G. Jackson

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On behalf of the citizens of the City of Cleveland, I am writing in opposition to House Bill 69 (H.B.69). Banning the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices impairs the City of Cleveland’s ability to provide comprehensive public safety services to our residents and visitors.

Since 2005, “Operation Safe Streets,” a citywide public safety initiative, has used speed and red light enforcement cameras to reduce the number of traffic violations and reported accidents throughout our neighborhoods.

“Operation Safe Streets” is an effective tool that changes driver behavior while avoiding punishing law abiding citizens. From the inception of our speed and red light program, we worked to ensure that our photo enforcement focused on community safety rather than revenue generation.

Unlike other jurisdictions throughout the United States, Cleveland’s contract with Xerox does not include a per-ticket payment for the vendor providing these traffic law photo monitoring devices. The City of Cleveland pays our vendors a flat monthly fee for installation and maintenance, eliminating the argument that our program encourages the vendor to issue traffic tickets rather than ensuring that camera locations meet our community’s safety needs.

The City of Cleveland has implemented traffic law photo-monitoring technology in a way that reduces traffic incidents, protects citizens in a fair and  responsible manner, and allows our city to utilize police officers in a more effective manner. A statewide ban of traffic law photo-monitoring devices penalizes cities like Cleveland who responsibly deploy this technology to address legitimate public safety concerns.

- Mayor Frank G. Jackson

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