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Are cameras scaring off customers in Heath?

There are 61 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 22, 2009, titled Are cameras scaring off customers in Heath?. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

City officials had hoped to stop red-light running and slow down traffic when they installed traffic-enforcement cameras along Heath's commercial strip.

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Topper

Marysville, OH

#1 Aug 22, 2009
Heath is the new, New Rome......
Mark in Granville

United States

#2 Aug 22, 2009
We don't go to Heath anymore. Instead of Lowes it's Home Depot on 21st Street. Instead of Indian Mound Mall it's Easton, instead of a family favorite like Olive Garden or Applebees we just head west instead. We won't support the slimy cash grab scheme of Heath's Mayor Wauuu.
ya sure

Chardon, OH

#3 Aug 22, 2009
u people are only pansie's
Army Parent

Pickerington, OH

#4 Aug 22, 2009
Way to go for those who are boycotting Heath. I am amazed the cameras are still up,though our out of touch State supreme court ruled them "legal". They are nothing but a revenue tool. One wonders if these or other cameras have ever been hit by paint balls on the lenses?

ANY area with traffic cammeras should have HUGE flashing warning signs, and a large area between camera zones. The redlight cameras downtown should have crosswalk signals that flash a COUNTDOWN till the light changes. These work in Grandview Hts and Dublin. That would allow drivers to plan SAFE stops and not get jammed in bad weather.
erb

United States

#5 Aug 22, 2009
most rediculous "news" article i have ever read. seriously? so what it is saying is that people cannot shop if they cannot speed? logical. there are laws all over the country, they vary quite little. OR, is business just down right now? we are a fairly educated country, lets try to show it.
twpresident

AOL

#6 Aug 22, 2009
Not sure why all the fuss? If people are obeying the law, there shouldn't be a problem? Right?
Concerned

Fairborn, OH

#7 Aug 22, 2009
No worries. Heath can use the revenue from the cameras to bail out the shop owners. It all makes sense in today's world.
Good

Westerville, OH

#8 Aug 22, 2009
I wonder where the R & D for the camera implementation. Heath should have put the money to better use by having a police officer or two run radar. An empty police car with a dummy doll to look like a police officer has proven to be effevtive. The down side of these cameras were apparently never analyzed to see the potential impact on the business district. The leadership of Heath has failed the tax payers.
BuckeyeSeason201 0

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 22, 2009
Anyone who links their lack of business to traffic cameras is clueless. This stretch of roadway has always been a drag strip (no intended reference to the MOPAR story). It is no secret that there are cameras. There are also plenty of signs letting everyone know the speed. The traffic lights are visible and work like any other traffic light. So what is the problem? If you want to speed then go to Easton. If you look closely you can count 3 roadside memorials on Morse road in the vicinity of 270 to people who were killed by hmmm let me think....speed and running red lights. So go to Easton at your own risk! It seems to me Heath is a little safer.
Slowed Down

Mount Vernon, OH

#11 Aug 22, 2009
I do the same in Heath as I do in Kirkersville and other speed traps I go below the speed limit by at least 5 mph. I get there almost as fast and do not give my retirement dollars away.
The voice of reason

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 22, 2009
It really irritates me that people are so against these cameras. The simple solution is don't run the red lights. If you are so daft as to believe that these4 cameras are an invasion of privacy or some plot against you, wake up. Next you are going to want to do away with the laws that require you to stop for a red light. Good grief people be accountable for your actions and take your punishment like an adult. Quit acting like a two year who doesn't get their way.
The voice of reason

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 22, 2009
You should be paying attention to begin with and then you wouldn't have to worry about getting jammed. If you are obeying the speed limit and not talking on your cell phone, you would have plenty of time to stop. You see there is a yellow light before the red light that warns you that the signal is about to change to red. The yellow light does not mean speed up, it means prepare to stop. What more does a person need.
Army Parent wrote:
Way to go for those who are boycotting Heath. I am amazed the cameras are still up,though our out of touch State supreme court ruled them "legal". They are nothing but a revenue tool. One wonders if these or other cameras have ever been hit by paint balls on the lenses?
ANY area with traffic cammeras should have HUGE flashing warning signs, and a large area between camera zones. The redlight cameras downtown should have crosswalk signals that flash a COUNTDOWN till the light changes. These work in Grandview Hts and Dublin. That would allow drivers to plan SAFE stops and not get jammed in bad weather.
DS in Pickerington

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 22, 2009
As a former out-of-town shopper of the Indian Mound Mall, it was too easy to switch to River Valley Mall. Not sure we will ever go back.
Seth Kraner

United States

#15 Aug 22, 2009
The solution is simple - install red light cameras EVERYWHERE, so those who wish to avoid them will have to stay home, or (and this is a crazy idea) learn not to run red lights! In fact, the best way to protest the red light cameras is to avoid running red lights, denying the cameras and their operators the opportunity to issue a ticket! I see people running red lights on a regular basis, and I have seen some accidents and many close calls as a result. Running red lights is a very dangerous behavior. I am sincerely tired of all the whining about red light cameras, and people who think that they have a right to put the lives of others in jeapardy because they are in a hurry. Stop crying, and stop running red lights!
Seth Kraner

United States

#16 Aug 22, 2009
Army Parent wrote:
Way to go for those who are boycotting Heath. I am amazed the cameras are still up,though our out of touch State supreme court ruled them "legal". They are nothing but a revenue tool. One wonders if these or other cameras have ever been hit by paint balls on the lenses?
ANY area with traffic cammeras should have HUGE flashing warning signs, and a large area between camera zones. The redlight cameras downtown should have crosswalk signals that flash a COUNTDOWN till the light changes. These work in Grandview Hts and Dublin. That would allow drivers to plan SAFE stops and not get jammed in bad weather.
All traffic signals come with a warning that precedes the red light - it's called a yellow light, and that is all the warning that you should need! Apparently, not only do you believe that you are entitled to risk innocent lives; you also think that you have the right to vandalize public property. I do not understand how you can believe that.
Seth Kraner

United States

#17 Aug 22, 2009
Slowed Down wrote:
I do the same in Heath as I do in Kirkersville and other speed traps I go below the speed limit by at least 5 mph. I get there almost as fast and do not give my retirement dollars away.
Now this person knows the RIGHT way to protest! And all of you red light camera haters could protest the same way, without putting MY life at risk!
Heath customer

United States

#18 Aug 22, 2009
It is a half a mile inside the speed/red light camera to the business mentioned and guessing that you come and leave by the same route that means these people can't obey traffic rules for one stinking mile of their trip.Sad.
dad

New Albany, OH

#19 Aug 22, 2009
our goverment is just to big on every level.

to many rules, to many laws, to many goverment worker working to only pay their salary.

this is just another example of city workers killing the golden goose.
Alpha1

Cambridge, OH

#20 Aug 22, 2009
Red means STOP, yellow means CLEAR THE INTERSECTION and green means GO. It's a pretty easy concept to grasp. Yellow does not mean to go as fast as you can toward an intersection before getting caught by the red light.

As far as speeding goes, there is a five letter word on all the posted speed signs...it reads LIMIT. I know there are a few dyslexic folks out there, so if you see a sign and it reads "DEEPS TIMIL 53" it's not announcing the birthday of a great blues player.

Seriously, it would be good if all of you obtain a copy of "Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws" and give it a read. You can obtain a copy online by going here: http://bmv.ohio.gov/driver_license/mvdigest.h...

You might be surprised at what you learn. Traffic laws have changed.
Alpha1

Cambridge, OH

#22 Aug 22, 2009
Traffic laws were implemented to save lives. In the United States last year 34,017 fatalities occurred from traffic accidents.

Has anyone thought that these cameras free up police a little more to go after thieves, robbers, burglars, assailants, drug dealers, pedophiles, etc.

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