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Traffic Camera Bans Pass by Overwhelming Majority in Midterm Elections

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Four traffic camera bans passed around the nation on Tuesday

There are few times more liable to cause a rift between you and your family, friends, and hundreds of Twitter followers than election season. Whether you lean left, right, or just kind of happen to think almost all elected officials are kind of doing a terrible job, you’re sure to wake up on the first Wednesday in November feeling angry at someone. (We’d argue that no loss was felt more deeply this year than Clay Aiken losing his Congressional bid.)

If there’s one issue that America seems to come together in agreement on—and, no, it has nothing to do with President Obama or recreational marijuana—it’s that we don’t really like automated traffic cameras.

In fact, there were four major ballot measures concerning traffic cameras on Tuesday, and each was shot down with an average of about 75% of voters approving traffic camera bans.

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78% of voters in Cleveland, Ohio used their ballots to support Issue 35 and ban the use of traffic cameras “unless a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device and personally issues a ticket to the alleged violator at the time and date of the violation.”

In the smaller Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights, more than 76% of voters ruled to get rid of the cameras entirely.

Detractors claim that the cameras are little more than a means to bring in money for the city. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says that a necessary police presence in the vicinity of the cameras could cost the city millions.

Traffic camera bans also passed in Sierra Vista, Arizona and St. Charles County, Missouri by margins of 75% and 72%, respectively.

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News Source: AutoBlog