If you’ve ever traveled through East Liverpool, you’re probably familiar with the quick drop in speed from the highway to the town.
But after years of having people not slowing down, officials have decided enough is enough.
Eight months ago, they installed Blue Solutions traffic cameras and the numbers are speaking for themselves.
“I would have never dreamed it, but it’s been a benefit to us because we needed it. After I run the numbers from this year to last year, as far as accidents with injuries, it’s like an 80% drop. That’s significant,” said Chief John Lane, East Liverpool Police Department.
But the good news doesn’t stop there.
Chief Lane told 7News that this program generates about $50,000 per month for the city, which has allowed several departments to make much needed changes.
“It’s been a God-send for our department. We can start getting equipment that we didn’t have. We can upgrade our computers. We’re going to start updating our cars. We’ve actually hired a couple officers off of this money to help us get through. It’s really been a benefit for us,” Lane said.
The best part is that the program costs the city nothing.
Blue Solutions reimburses the city for having an extra officer running cameras.
So in the end, it’s all profit.
Chief Lane believes it would be a good idea for other cities to get involved.
“I think some politicians need to get the backbone to do it. There’s going to be complaints about it, that’s just the way it is. Anytime you enforce a certain law or a certain rule, you’re going to have people complain about it, but it’s the speed limit. Do the speed limit and you won’t have to worry about it,” Lane said.
One local community is looking at the possibility of these traffic cameras.
Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk proposed the cameras at the November 16th city council meeting.
Another meeting on the matter will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at noon.
We’ll continue to keep you updated.