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Higginsport enforcing speed with camera

The Village of Higginsport will implement a new speed enforcement program throughout the Village like 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, per the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
The 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 Police Department will focus on speeding throughout the village. The village council voted to approve the program on March 3, 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 began the program on April, 10 2017 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 to maintain a safe community both for our citizens and motorists.

5 comments:

  1. “Safety” is pulling someone over.

    Not a bill weeks later to make money on ever petty “tickets”.

    Never mind that exceeding the speed limit as a cause by itself is low! 1.6%! http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/38/3801.asp.

    As it is if you really check the conversation between the city and the scamera vendor people you will discover that it is really money.

    Time that Ohio really ban the scameras.

    http://Www.motorists.org
    Ban the cams on Facebook
    Camerafraud on Facebook

  2. These for-profit cameras will be used ONLY where the posted limits are improperly and less-safely set at least 10 mph lower than the safest 85th percentile speed levels for the express purpose of ticketing mostly safe drivers for revenue. Example: If 85% of the cars are at or below 45 mph, then the safest limit to post for the fewest crashes is 45 mph – NOT 40 or 35 or 30 or lower. You will find a for-profit camera in such a location ONLY if the posted limit is improperly and less-safely set at 35 mph or lower for the express purpose of revenue. But enforcement for revenue is 100% wrong 100% of the time. These cameras are a for-profit racket that no one should support.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  3. Boycott Higginsport.

    It’s as simple as that. Stop spending money at businesses in that town. Just north of there in Hamersville, they employ “speeding meter maids” that drive police cars and pose as police offers but do nothing more than set up speed traps. I am not a resident of either Higginsport or Hamersville but I go through each one often. I make a point to NOT make purchases at any business in Hamersville. I will extend that to Higginsport now. Perhaps if the businesses are aware they are losing revenue due to village speed traps, they will speak to their village officials against these practices.

    1. Well I live in Higginsport right on state route 52….And it’s about time and I welcome the speed trap I’m so tired of motorists flying through our town at high speeds it’s crazy as I’m writing this a car flew through town lost control hit a home and flipped onto It’s top still going on So don’t have all details But the speeding has to STOP

  4. I agree with Rhonda. I also live right on state route 52 and in the early morning hours starting at 4:30 a.m. it’s nothing to hear motorist flying through this little town. It’s not safe

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