Battle ensues over red light cameras

By Colleen Wells - bio | email

Posted by Kate Oatis - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The debate over red light cameras is heating up.

That's significant because there are about 30 of these cameras in Toledo. Some say installing the cameras is a violation of basic rights while others believe they save lives.

In the latter category are Doris Stender and her daughter Darlene Stokes. Almost 10 years ago, their husband and father Charles Stender was killed in a crash when another driver ran a red light.

"He kissed me goodbye in the morning, and I thought he'd be home for lunch," said Doris. "At 10:59 I got a call from Toledo hospital saying I should come right away, that he had been in an accident, and I got down on my knees and prayed."

Shortly after Charles' accident, the city began installing red light cameras, with great support from his family.

But not everyone is so supportive.

The We Demand a Vote organization is collecting signatures to force a vote on the November ballot. If passed, it would ban the red light cameras in Toledo.

"It's a violation of civil liberties. I don't think every intersection should be patrolled by a camera. Next thing you know, they're going to be pointing them at your house. Where does it stop?" queried Hans Schnapp.

The group says there is no evidence the cameras reduce accidents, and it wants citizens to decide. But Doris and Darlene worry about what will happen if the cameras are banned.

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