Tuesday, March 12 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-03-13 00:21:37 GMT
A judge decides that some people who received speeding tickets as a result of Elmwood Place's speed cameras don't have to pay.Judge Robert Ruehlman issued a permanent injunction against the cameras onFull Story >
A judge decides that some people who received speeding tickets as a result of Elmwood Place's speed cameras don't have to pay. The clarification came during an emergency hearing in Hamilton County court Tuesday morning.Full Story >
Wednesday, October 17 2012 8:19 PM EDT2012-10-18 00:19:59 GMT
Residents in New Miami are upset about speed cameras that have already issued more than 1,000 citations in one week. Two speed cameras have been placed on Hwy. 127. Tickets are issued to drivers whoFull Story >
Residents in New Miami are upset about speed cameras that have already issued more than 1,000 citations in one week. Full Story >
Saturday, October 6 2012 9:33 PM EDT2012-10-07 01:33:42 GMT
Some angry citizens protested speed cameras in their community on Saturday. A group of citizens gathered near one of the cameras off of I-75 Saturday afternoon to protest controversial speed cameras inFull Story >
Some angry citizens protested speed cameras in their community on Saturday.Full Story >
Friday, October 5 2012 6:03 PM EDT2012-10-05 22:03:13 GMT
A ban on automated enforcement technologies, like the controversial ‘traffic cameras' installed in Elmwood Place village is currently being drafted in Columbus. According to Cincinnati attorney ChrisFull Story >
A ban on automated enforcement technologies, like the controversial ‘traffic cameras' installed in Elmwood Place village is currently being drafted in Columbus.Full Story >
Wednesday, October 3 2012 7:57 PM EDT2012-10-03 23:57:10 GMT
The Village of Elmwood Place launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Sept. 1. One automated speed enforcement unit, or speed camera, was placed in a school zone and the other was placed inFull Story >
The Village of Elmwood Place launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Program on Sept. 1.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:47 AM EDT2013-05-18 11:47:14 GMT
Here's your chance to Be Great Cincinnati! The second annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Great Race is Saturday, May 18. If you haven't already registered, there's still time. You canFull Story >
The second annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Great Race is Saturday, May 18.Full Story >
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.Full Story >
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...Full Story >
It's been less than 10 months since the world record for a lottery prize. On Saturday night, it could conceivably fall once again.Full Story >
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ELMWOOD PLACE, OH (FOX19) -
Elmwood Place Village Police Chief William Peskin sat down exclusively with FOX19 to talk about the village's controversial speed camera program.
He argues the survey before the cameras were enforced showed a need for increased speed limit enforcement.
"Basically what is showed was the only time anyone was obeying the law was when I had a police officer sitting underneath the bridge," Peskin said.
Some drivers argue if enforcement is so important, officers should take on the task.
"I don't have the man power to do that. I simply don't," Peskin said. "These cameras allow me to address other public safety needs."
Peskin maintains he did not push for the cameras as a money-raiser.
"I would be naive if I didn't say that probably popped into people's head. Was that my motivating factor? No," Peskin said.
He says if it had been, he would not have taken on the task of moving the police headquarters into Town Hall.
"If I'd have seen it as a cash cow I'd have definitely waited to start this construction," Peskin explained. "Because I could have paid somebody to come in here and do it instead of nights... I'm a salaried officer."
He says the move is aimed at saving money on utilities and says many of the construction materials have been donated.
He says he has tried to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
"As a public servant we're scrutinized for everything we do and for good reason," he said.
The most recent audit of Elmwood Place Village is available online on the Ohio Auditor of State's website. The audit was released in September and examines the finances of the village during the 2009-2010 budget periods.
FOX19 uncovered some concerns raised by audit. First, the finding that six out of 40 tickets randomly pulled could not be accounted for from the Mayor's court accounting system.
"I wouldn't know where they would go," Peskin told FOX19. "Now, we've taken multiple steps to try and address any of those issues by having officers fill out a log and then having the clerk of court sign that log as she takes those tickets from our side of the building."
The mayor did not wish to comment during last week's village council meeting. She was not able to be reached at Townhall on Wednesday.
The second concern revolved around $8,000 the audit states came from the sale of forfeited vehicles to a village council member that was put in a separate account. The audit states activities within that account were limited to the Village police chief. That council member later resigned.
"The account was opened because the village cannot get a credit card or open up a Paypal account and there were items I was purchasing online that didn't accept purchase orders," Peskin explained. "Obviously we needed a credit card so the problem was solved with that account. As far as the sale to the council member, he was the highest bidder. We had three other bids."
Peskin admits, however, that no public auction was held. The audit states the account was closed in 2012.
Peskin says going back he would do things differently.
"Oh absolutely, I'm learning every day," Peskin said. "As this goes on of course, yes, I know the people to get in touch with that can walk me through the process instead of me stumbling through it."
At the end of the day, Peskin says there is one key message he wants to get across.
"Public safety," Peskin said. "The long and short of it is if you're not speeding you won't get a ticket."
Peskin believes the tide of public opinion is already turning when it comes to the cameras.
"The protestors that were here, none of them were my residents," Peskin told FOX19. "They were all from out of town. My residents want these cameras. Ultimately that's who I'm serving."
So far Peskin says over 6,600 citations have been mailed out. He says roughly 400 appeals have come in. The village receives weekly deposits from citation fees and so far $17,000 has come in from the enforcement effort.
Chief William Peskin says the police department has 60 days from the citation due dates to schedule an administrative hearing for drivers to appeal their tickets in front of a magistrate. Peskin says the process with be handled outside of the Mayor's Court since the citations are a civil matter. He says the village is currently looking into hiring another magistrate to handle the appeals.
The chief says only six officers are authorized to review the tickets including all supervisors and some patrolmen. He says all authorized officers went through training on the citation process. Peskin says officers must verify every license plate matches the make and model of the vehicle shown in the citation through a computerized process.
Peskin says drivers who received multiple tickets between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30 are only required to pay two tickets. Drivers must call the customer service line to verify that they are eligible for the two ticket maximum. Peskin says drivers should be aware there is a four day lag in the citation recording process.
Peskin says all of his officers work part time and are unpaid for the first two shifts they work every month.
Chief Peskin says Elmwood residents have requested the units be placed on other streets in the village. He says they are looking into adding a variation of the ‘speed camera' unit on Vine to address speeding concerns on residential streets.
Because there is no guarantee how much money the citation will generate every month, Peskin says the department is unable to plan their budget around the revenue. He says the money is direct deposited by Optotraffic straight into the village's General Fund.
The Chief says, according to Optotraffic, speeding incidents have dropped by 25 percent in the village since the units were installed. The speed limit is 25 miles an hour throughout the village with the exception of the 20 mile per hour zone on Vine Street from 7:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. on school days.
While the chief maintains the decision to employ the ‘speed cameras' is based on public safety concerns, he acknowledges law enforcement comes at a cost.
"Public safety is not free. Who should pay for that; violators of the law or people obeying the law?" questioned Peskin.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association website there are 117 communities across the country using speed cameras.
GHSA says 12 states have passed laws that prohibit speed cameras, with few exceptions. Twenty nine states have no law addressing the cameras. All other states either allow the cameras or limit their use by location or other criteria. Their website states "13 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have speed cameras currently operating in at least one location".
GHSA says Illinois, Maryland and Washington also use speed cameras statewide in work zones.
GHSA references a 2005 Report on the National Forum on Speeding which it says "advocates for speed camera programs when they are in place for safety and not for revenue purposes and when they are in areas with demonstrated need and public support."
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety website states the following Ohio communities employ speed cameras: Akron, Ashtabula, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, East Cleveland, Hamilton, Northwood, Parma, Toledo, Trotwood, and West Carrollton. New Miami is also employing the units for enforcement as of Oct. 1. Chief Peskin says he has also received multiple inquiries from area municipalities interested in learning more about their program.
Tim Ayers, spokesperson for Optotraffic says the company has been around since 2006. Optotraffic laser traffic monitoring technology, LIDAR, is currently in place in a number of communities in Maryland. Elmwood Place is the first Ohio community to install the units.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:50 AM EDT2013-05-17 10:50:03 GMT
The huge Powerball jackpot has a lot of people dreaming of how they would spend that money. A Woolmarket man is living his dream, after winning the largest slot machine jackpot in state history.Full Story >
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Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyFull Story >
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Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
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Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
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Friday, May 17 2013 11:01 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:01:56 GMT
Officers say a Facebook message led to the arrest of a woman in a murder for hire plot. On May 16, Warren County detectives were contacted by an investigator from the Indianapolis Police Department whoFull Story >
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Thursday, May 16 2013 10:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 02:23:52 GMT
As we are continuing to look into the case surrounding the IRS and Cincinnati's connection there two big questions. Did the White House know about this scandal sooner than what they have claimed? CouldFull Story >
As we are continuing to look into the case surrounding the IRS and Cincinnati's connection there two big questions: Did the White House know about this scandal sooner than what they have claimed, and could criminal charges be filed against the local agents accused in the case?Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:50:07 GMT
A soldier from Fort Thomas, Ky. has died in Afghanistan on Thursday. Michael A. Bradford was a graduate of Highlands High School. FOX19.com will update this story as we learn more. Copyright 2013 WXIX.Full Story >
A civilian contractor from Fort Thomas, Ky. was one of 15 people killed in an explosion that occurred Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
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Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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