More Red Light Cameras Coming to Cleveland

Even as state legislators dick around with a ban on red light cameras in Ohio, Cleveland City Council voted last night to double the amount of such things.
Zack Reed, Joe Cimperman and Dona Brady dissented during the 15-3 vote.

Cleveland garnered more than $6 million from the controversial devices last year. Each infraction - filmed on camera and analyzed by an actual person - earns the driver a $100 ticket in the mail. Any chance at contesting the fine necessitates a visit to the charmingly named Parking Violations Bureau.

Those factors and more lead opponents of the machines to believe that they're more of a money-maker than any real sort of safety enforcer. But most council members spend time walking that fine line between those two goals.

Last year, an internal memo at City Hall urged local legislators to seek out really choice intersections for future red light cameras. The now-approved list can be read below.

Meanwhile, the potential statewide ban on the all-seeing mechanical hounds may be headed to the House floor for a vote soon.

A quick glance at the 26 intersections slated for camera installation reveals - probably unsurprisingly - that residents living in the city's more impoverished areas can expect the omnipresent eye of law enforcement to look on ever more:

Neff/East 185th
East 156th/Waterloo
St. Clair/East 152nd
East 124th/Superior
Chester/East 105th
St. Clair/East 105th
Martin Luther King Jr./East 105th
Superior/East 105th
Kinsman/East 93rd
Broadway/East 55th
Woodland/East 55th
St. Clair/East 55th
I-490/East 55th
Orange/East 30th
Woodland/East 30th
West 25th/Clark
West 65th/Clark
Lorain/West 65th
Puritas/West 150th

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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