Shaker Chamber President Creates Petition Against Red-Light Cameras
The petition on change.org says cameras would lead to increased fees and an additional financial strain on residents
As the debate regarding red-light and speeding cameras in the city heats up, one community voice has taken her opposition online.
Shaker Heights Chamber of Commerce President Debra Hegler created a petition shortly after city officials said they were considering installing violation cameras at major intersections throughout the city.
Both in person and online, Hegler has told officials that she views the installation of cameras as nothing more than an attempt to bring in more revenue. The petition on www.change.org can be viewed here.
"My opinion is that it's written as part of the (2013) budget because it is a revenue issue, not a safety issue," Hegler said Monday night at a city council meeting.
"I strongly suggest that the city reconsider this avenue that we're headed down ... This is an issue that should be on a ballot to let the community decide if this is something that they want to do."
Hegler said the lights have "always been a revenue issue" in communities that use them. She also worries that the third-party company that the city would choose to operate the cameras would shorten lights as a tactic to produce more ticket money.
Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken said the lights are being discussed mostly to preserve safety on the city's roads. He referenced the recent death of 25-year-old Shaker Heights native Brian Horwich and repeated complaints about speedy morning commuters as proof that a change is needed in the city.
Hegler's petition, addressed to Leiken and the city council members, has just 19 signatures so far. She hopes to reach 100.