NAACP vs. red-light cam­eras

Dayton Daily News - - IDEAS & VOICES - Ron Rollins Ideas & Voices Edi­tor

Sto­ries about red-light and speed cam­eras al­ways get reader at­ten­tion, and last week came one with a twist — turns out the Day­ton’s NAACP chap­ter is turn­ing against them.

Ac­cord­ing to our city re­porter Cor­nelius Fro­lik: “Day­ton’s au­to­mated red light and speed cam­eras aren’t is­su­ing fines yet, but al­ready they face an un­cer­tain fu­ture. That’s be­cause the Day­ton Unit NAACP plans to start cir­cu­lat­ing a pe­ti­tion to put a mea­sure on next year’s bal­lot that would re­strict use of the de­vices to only those times during which a po­lice of­fi­cer is present, said Der­rick Foward, the unit’s pres­i­dent.

“The least af­flu­ent com­mu­ni­ties in Mont­gomery County have au­to­mated traf­fic cam­eras, and it’s un­fair that the lo­cal res­i­dents who can least af­ford to pay fines live in ar­eas where th­ese cam­eras are be­ing placed, Foward said.”

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