CLEVELAND -- There are a number of traffic cameras in Northeast Ohio right now.
However, a proposed ban on the cameras could change everything.
Earlier today, members of a Senate panel got their first look at House Bill 69, which would only allow cameras to be used to enforce 20 mph speed limits in school zones.
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And in those cases, an officer would also have to be present.
At issue is whether red light cameras actually make intersections safer, or if they're simply in place to generate revenue for cash-strapped cities.
According to The Plain Dealer, 34 traffic cameras have been set up in Cleveland during the past six years, generating more than $47 million dollars in fines.
However, according to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, when he first came into office, red light cameras generated around $8 million or $9 million a year.
That number has since dropped to $5 million a year or less.
Because the amount of money coming into the city is decreasing, Jackson says that's proof enough that fewer people are violating the law and further proof that the cameras are working.
"It means they work. They work. People do slow down in school zones. They're less likely to run a red light," says Jackson.
However, the ACLU and several other lawmakers disagree, saying the traffic cameras are intrusive and do not serve as a deterrent.
Representative Bill Patmon, who supports House Bill 69, gave this statement to Channel 3: "Red light cameras are more about revenue than safety. They are not changing the driving habits of the truly reckless or drunk drivers."
A request in to Cleveland police regarding whether the city has seen a reduction in the number of traffic accidents in intersections where traffic cameras are installed has not yet been answered.