New Traffic Cameras Targeting Speeders


GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Some drivers may be surprised to soon receive speeding tickets in their mailboxes.

On a section of Route 7 in the small village of Cheshire in Gallia County, the 35 miles-per-hour speed limit is largely ignored.

The village, which has no police department, is hoping new cameras on the side of the road will be incentive to hit the brakes.

Village council member Roy Taylor says a snapshot of license plates will lead to the offenders receiving a $100 ticket in the mail within 10 days.

The cameras have been in use since midnight Friday.

Warning signs are in place. Neighbors say they're already seeing a difference.

"I think it's a good thing,” Cheshire resident Billy Queen said. “It slows the traffic down."

Sandra Edwards works at the Gallia/Meigs Community Action Agency right next to where the cameras are set up.

"There are no pedestrians per se,” she said. “I don't see people walking anywhere."

Despite the speed limit being regularly broken, she believes with so few people around, there's no real danger, and this may be more about bringing in new revenue.

"It's going to be a sad situation for some people because they will get a lot of tickets," she said.

Councilman Taylor says the cameras were put in place because they’d received repeated complaints from neighbors about speeders, and they’re “trying to save people’s lives.”

Taylor says if you let someone borrow your car, and they get caught speeding, it's still your responsibility to get that ticket paid.

He says they'll be adding more cameras on Roush Lane in a couple weeks.


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