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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The controversial red-light cameras are on their way down in Northwood.

City council voted to remove the photo-enforcement cameras after months of debate.

Michael Brown works in Northwood, and says one reason he wants the cameras down is the increased risk of accidents.

"[Drivers] slam on their brakes and there's been a couple close calls, as well as one accident" Brown said of the Wales and Woodville area.

Don Plews received a ticket in the mail because of the cameras, but says he wasn't the one behind the wheel of his car. He says the cameras are "taxation without representation."

"We fought a revolution for that one time," Plews said. "Basically, they are just ticketing the vehicle, they're not ticketing the individual, which isn't fair. It isn't right."

The Northwood Police Department appreciates the cameras, relying on the $100,000 the cameras bring in. Half that amount went to the department for safety incentives, the rest went to Redflex, the company the city contracted with for the cameras.

"These cameras were an asset because they were there 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Police Chief Thomas Cairl. "They're no longer going to be there, so I'm going to have to put some extra officers on overtime in those areas if we see an increase in issues."

The department will look for other ways to generate money with the loss of funds.

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