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New LIDAR technology in Ripley begins

The Village of Ripley will implement a new speed enforcement program throughout the Village similar to the programs implemented in a number of nearby villages.
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 918 people were killed in Ohio in vehicle crashes in 2014, over double the number of murders that occurred during the same time period, according to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
The Ripley Police Department will begin using new LIDAR technology that includes a camera mounted to the handheld LIDAR device utilized by a police officer.  Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4511.093 (B), (1)&(2), a local authority has the ability to use traffic law photo monitoring if an officer is present and personally witnesses the violation.
Since a full-time police officer will witness, capture, review, and issue the citations, the LIDAR program meets these requirements, as well as all other statutes of the Ohio Revised Code.
The Ripley Police will focus on speeding throughout the village. The village council voted to approve the program on Feb. 14, 2017, which will allow the police department to utilize the technology.  The unit allows an officer to capture a photo of the violation, and after later approval by a supervisor, issue the violation by mail.
The officer still has the authority to conduct a traffic stop and issue a uniform citation, however if the camera captures the violation, the citation will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle, with fines to start at $125.00.
A major advantage to the civil violation is that points will not be accessed to the driver, nor will it be reported to the driver’s insurance as with a uniform traffic citation.
The Village will begin the program on February 27 with a 30-day warning period. Citations issued during this period will not include a fine, but rather serve as notice that the program is underway.  After the warning period, violators will have 30 days to pay the fine by mail, internet or by phone.  Failure to pay the violation will result in the citations to be sent to collections.
Registered owners of the violating vehicles may attend an administrative hearing as authorized ORC 4511.099 to contest the charge.  The law states that a person who is issued the ticket may contest the ticket by filing a written request for an administrative hearing to review the citation.  Citations may be contested through due process as approved by the Ohio Supreme Court earlier last year.
Programs of this kind are being implemented in multiple cities throughout the nation.  Studies from the National Highway Safety Administration and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association consistently show that programs of this nature reduce the number of crashes, injuries, fatalities, and crime.
It is the goal of the Village of Ripley to maintain a safe community both for its citizens and motorists.

3 comments:

  1. Speed scameras on a expressway are NOT safety.

    Any claim to that is DISHONEST!

    Most crashes are NOT caused by exceeding the speed limit!

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/38/3801.asp “Out of 2.7 million traffic accidents recorded in twenty-five states over the course of a year, only 1.6 percent were caused by drivers who exceeded the posted speed limit. The figures come from an analysis by TheNewspaper of annual reports typically compiled by each state for use in applying for grant money from the National Highway Transportation Agency (NHTSA)”

    (about half the deaths that do occur have more to do with NOT wearing seat belts).

    Heck this dishonesty by scamera supporters is not new. In the UK ABD pulled data and discovered the scamera supporters LYING!

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/05/538.asp “The Association of British Drivers (ABD) fought with the camera partnership for release of crash data under the Freedom of Information Act. According to the documents, the crashes cited in the formal justification for the placement of cameras on the M4 include:
    an accident where a pedestrian fell from a bridge
    an accident where a gust of wind pushed one truck into another
    several tire blowout accidents
    a crash where a car drove the wrong way
    According to Smith, the accident data show that only about four percent of accidents on the M4 were actually caused by exceeding a posted limit. The documents rated the most and least important contributory factors as a percentage of accidents on the M4, as follows:
    Inattention: 28%
    Failure to judge others’ path or speed (i.e. poor lane-changing): 28%
    Lack of judgment of own path: 17%
    Fatigue: 14%
    Careless, thoughtless or reckless behavior:14%
    Excess speed for conditions: 14%
    Exceeding posted speed limit: 4.2% (SafeSpeed estimate)
    “I would very much like to hear the Camera Partnership explain exactly how it is supposed to be possible that their cameras reduced crashes by over sixty percent when only about four percent of crashes involved exceeding a speed limit,” Smith said. “It does not make sense.”

    “This data — now we’ve forced it into the public domain — raises very serious questions about the use of speed cameras on the M4,” said ABD road safety spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie. “It also raises questions about why the data has not been made public before.”

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  2. Ripley is the latest Ohio city to use the for-profit Lidar speed camera racket to ticket mostly safe drivers in speed traps for revenue. The cameras are expensive and will return enough fines to cover their own high costs plus produce the profits they are actually being used for ONLY when deployed in areas where the posted speed limits are set at least 8 to 10 mph lower than the safest 85th percentile speed levels. Example: If 85% of the cars are at or under 43 to 47 mph, the safest limit to post for the fewest crashes is 45 mph – NOT 40 or 35 or 30. You would find the for-profit Lidar cams in such a place ONLY if the posted limit is improperly and less-safely set at 35 or lower.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  3. I would encourage anyone who thinks this program to be a revenue scam… Stop speeding and then they wouldn’t need or have a camera and we may also limit accidents with injuries

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