Dayton Police using new technology to give drivers tickets without traffic stops
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton Police are cracking down on speeding by using new technology that gives you a ticket without a traffic stop.
Traffic on I-75 is bustling as Christmas approaches, but you may want to slow the holiday rush to avoid getting a ticket.
Officers are now using Dayton Police's new laser speed gun to issue tickets. He just snaps a picture, writing a citation to send you in the mail for $85.
Lt. James Mullins said Dayton police have six devices. They just started using in November, hoping to reduce crashes.
“The whole point of this is to keep people safe and slow people down,” Lt. Mullins said.
They've been targeting I-75 and U.S. 35 FOX 45’s cameras spotted a cruiser sitting on the side of the highway, dishing out tickets with the click of a button.
“Now we can get into areas that are traditionally hard to patrol and enforce,” Mullins said.
In November, DPD mailed out 1,854 tickets in this area alone. Drivers like Ed Washington aren't thrilled.
“I honestly think it's for the money,” Washington said.
But Brad Smith said it's a good idea.
“The less physical interaction we have with police the better,” Smith said.
Dayton Police said fewer traffic stops on the highway are safer for officers and drivers.
While this wave of tickets has caught some drivers off guard, the department hopes it sends a message.
“Ultimately we're trying to protect people and save their lives by slowing them down,” Mullins said.
Dayton Police won't say how fast you can go over the speed limit before issuing a ticket, but other departments go with 12 miles per hour.