WALTON HILLS, Ohio - Traffic cameras will be coming to the small town of Walton Hills.
"I would say our problems have tripled if not quadrupled," said Walton Hills Mayor, Kevin Hurst.
Traffic has quadrupled in Walton Hills as well. The nearby Northfield Rocksino opened in late 2013. A 2015 traffic study in Walton Hills revealed 18,000 cars per day drove through one of the town's largest intersections on Alexander Road. The same study reported only 4,000 vehicles a day drove through the same intersection in 2008.
The town's solution is to install several traffic cameras on five major roads in the town, Alexander, Sagamore, Egbert, Dunham and Walton Roads. Hurst says the cameras will solely target drivers for speeding at least 15 mph over the 35 mile an hour limit, with speeding tickets *starting at $100.
"Speeding and driving under suspension and DUIs have tremendously increased. So this is another process to try and take some of the burden off our local police officers," said Hurst.
The Ohio Supreme Court paved the way this summer for towns with shrinking police departments to utilize traffic cameras to pick up the slack.
"We had to lay off some police officers in August of 2017 because a police levy failed and in that process, we're trying to bring in compliance of speed and we're also trying to bring in safety for our police officers," said Hurst.