August 17, 2009 Update from
Since our last sign waving on July 25th, we have had many more
meetings and interviews. We have been interviewed by WHIZ,
NBC4i, 10TV, WSYX, WOSU Radio, Blog Talk Radio, The Advocate,
The Columbus Dispatch and more. We have been to committee
meetings held every Monday at 5:30 and Council Meetings on 1st &
3rd Mondays at 7:30. We have made our presence known. We also
did a sign waving at the Mopar event on Saturday in Heath. We
also did a sign waving before the last council meeting. We did
get our "Issue" on the ballot. 333 of the 410 signatures were
approved by Board Of Elections on Wednesday August 5th. We are
awaiting our Number for the Issue. As time goes by, many
articles have been in our local paper concerning the issue
allowing folks to voice their opinions, and many do not
understand the real facts of this camera concern that our mayor
and council brought to town under our noses. The contract was
signed in Dec. 2008. So the first year will be up WHEN WE VOTE
THEM DOWN THIS NOVEMBER 3RD! Heath registered voters need to go
vote this November on this issue and vote on the your
mayor choice and 3 council seats up for election. It is time to
stand up and make a difference.
We are sign waving today August 17th, before our Council Meeting
to make people aware of the meeting and get support from those
who want the cameras down. However, traffic flow is much lighter
on 79 due to the fact many who used 79 now take a different
route to get to or from work. The people who have contacted us,
from local to out of state are upset in many different manners
and tell us why they will not be back to our city. We have heard
some from surrounding areas that avoid going thru Heath just so
they don't have to deal with the cameras. We will do a public
request to see the number of negative calls to the mayor and
Check out this radio link with
Duane and councilman Richard Morrow.
For those that want to believe their city is safer, it
is not. Now our police department is spread even
thinner. 2 officers now reviewing video, more over time
costs, less presence on the our roads, more traffic on
our side streets and more upset people coming to the
department with complaints. We do "NOT" want people to
boycott, we want them to come here, that is why we got
in this fight, to show our customers that we want their
business. Why would a business want less people to come
by their stores? Why would businesses want complaints
from their customers about getting tickets from their
towns' speed cameras? Why would businesses work so hard
to keep people coming back? Many are upset with the new
big brother cameras in our town as they either have a
business here or need to travel thru here for business.
The fact that a business has to watch who drives what
vehicle to know who might get a ticket driving a company
vehicle down Rt. 79. Some have forbidden their employees
to drive on Rt. 79 to keep from getting tickets from a
machine that we don't know whether it is calibrated
right or not, who is to know since NO ONE from our city
can touch the cameras, only Redflex employees. Has
anyone seen a Redflex employee? How often do they need
to check the cameras? Do they calibrate these cameras
from their home office in Arizona? They have high speed
internet service to the cameras. Who approves the
calibration? Ask any Police officer or State Highway
officer how often he calibrates his radar gun? And why?
Ask more than one. Call any Police department and ask.
If motorcycles are triggering the cameras going 30, how
can a Smart Car or a Hummer not cause problems of
triggers too? What about 18 wheelers? It is a "time over
distance" for the camera to trigger. How does that apply
to red light triggers? How can these be accurate? If you
look at the video for your ticket, you will see vehicles
coming from the other way in your video, this should
open your eyes that video is being captured 24/7. Why do
periodic flashes happen to synchronize the cameras? Some
have realized that the other vehicles they were
traveling with are not in the picture with their
vehicle, why is that an important question? Do any of
these questions make legitimate common sense to you?
July 21, 2009 Update
At Heath City council meeting on July 20th, we turned in 410
signatures on our petition. However we only needed 193. We started
this just 2 short weeks ago. Tickets are expected to start going out
today after a delay for the appeals process that was not in place.
We feel there will be more people coming forward when they receive a
ticket. It has not only slowed traffic down (where the cameras are),
there is LESS traffic due to those avoiding the shopping district
and those who find the side streets to get thru town to also avoid
the cameras, especially the people that work in Heath.
Hopefully our City Officials will see the impact on tax revenue, let
alone the lack of business coming to town. Sure some of us cannot
avoid traveling in Heath, but those that don't work here are
planning to avoid coming to shop and dine. There is a yearly event
coming to town called "Mopar" in August on the 7th, 8th, & 9th. It
has been known for its night of thrill and excitement for not only
Heath residents but surrounding area residents. We have already
heard of many that they are cautious about whether they even want to
stay in our town. It has been one of the best summer weekends for
restaurants and shopping.
We will be doing a sign waving on 79 this Saturday (July 25th).
Anyone who wants to help please let us know.
About Heath, Ohio
Heath is a small town of 8600 people located just north of
Interstate 70 in Licking County Ohio. The daytime
population of Heath is over 45,000 with many businesses along St. Rt.
79. In 2005, they finished widening the last 4 mile
stretch through Heath from 2 lanes to 5 improving the travel in and
out of the city. Heath is just over half an hour
east of Columbus. Our main street through town is Rt 79 (Hebron
Road). It is 2 lanes each direction with a center turn lane. A
median is planned for the future which will eliminate left turns
whether going North or South on Hebron Rd. Heath is
connected to Newark, a city of about 50,000.
A note from co-leaders of the
group Duane and Becky Goodwin:
We (Duane & Becky Goodwin) got involved after I saw the cameras
being put up and caught a news van in our Police station doing an
interview with our Police Chief. I came home and told my husband to
watch the news on channel 10 and there was the introduction about
the cameras in Heath. We had a 30 day warning period through June.
We now have 2 "speed only" cameras and 8 red-light and speed
cameras. 8 cameras in less than 2 miles. The other 2 are on 30th
Street off of Rt. 79. supposedly we were supposed to know by the
articles that were in the local paper. It seems our contract with
Redflex was signed in December and has surprised many that they did
not get to vote on them. we will get to vote on them this November.
We own and operate a sign business called: DR.
Signs. from our home on St. Rt. 79 in Heath, Ohio. Our customers are
98% other businesses. We help other businesses get the best signage
for their dollars. We knew immediately it would affect all the
businesses in Heath when people started avoiding the cameras and
stopped shopping and dining in our city. More than 200 people who do
not live in Heath have signed a concerned citizens list who do
not like the cameras and some of those are local business and
In our searches of this whole camera issue we found out
about COAST and WeDemandaVote.com online and we got started!
Comments from Volunteer
got involved when I first saw the cameras mounted on the poles at
the end of May. I have lived next door to a City Council member for
15 years and not once did I hear one word during the months the
Council discussed and planned for the cameras. The first City
Council meeting after the cameras were installed by Redflex was June
15th. I was the lone protester to show up for the meeting. On June
1st or 2nd our Mayor did a long Commentary in the local paper
(Newark Advocate) that said the cameras were 100% for safety and not
some scheme to make money. This commentary should have come before
any ordinance was voted on concerning the cameras.
A week or so after the first Council
meeting I was contacted by Duane and Becky Goodwin and asked how
they could help. Since I was staying busy fighting the
misinformation the pro-camera group was putting out and flooding the
City with FOIA requests, I asked him to get involved in getting a
petition ready to go. Since then we have had several more Citizens
join us. Our numbers are small but our determination will overcome
all odds. We now have a PAC named WE DEMAND A VOTE HEATH OHIO
formed yesterday July 6th. Our treasurer is Dan Young and deputy
treasurer Sam Skaggs.
--Submitted by: Ronnie
Seven great reasons to oppose
Red light and speeding cameras in Heath, OH
Red light and speeding
cameras posted throughout the city are further erosions of our
civil liberties as our own government has resorted to 24/7
spying on the citizenry to “catch” every perceived
Red light and
speeding cameras are pure money grabs by rapacious
Even worse, the monies
from the red light and speeding cameras are split on a
“percent of the take” basis with the private camera
operators. In many communities, the contractor gets 25%
of all ticketing revenues.
This private profit
motivation has resulted in shortening of yellow-light times at
red light camera intersections to entrap unsuspecting
motorists and increase ticket revenues.
Red light cameras are
not motivated by a desire for increased public safety.
Rather, multiple studies have shown that red light cameras
actually increase the number of accidents, because
motorists suddenly brake when approaching a red light
The party liable for
the ticket is not the claimed offender – the driver – but
rather the owner of the car, even if they can establish
conclusively that they were not driving.
Most pernicious of all,
in order to develop an efficient enforcement scheme, the City
has abandoned traditional constitutional protections of the
accused. Under their scheme, there is a presumption of guilt
and no right to compel the testimony of witnesses in one’s
defense. Indeed, until recently, trials on claimed violations
were conducted in secret with the public and members of the
media not permitted to attend.
12,858 Speed and Red
Light tickets issued for July 2009 (12,555 Speed/303
$1,285,800 out of
the local economy for visiting Heath, Ohio!
Sign waving event in
Heath on July 25, 2009
A Citizen looking for change signs a petition with a Red Light
Camera in the Background.
(Hopefully it won't be there soon!)
July 13, 2009--Over half the signatures
needed to place this issue on the ballot have been collected.
Our goal is 200% of the total needed to get this on the ballot.
The hope is that petitions will be copied then turned in before the next City
Council meeting on July 20, 2009.
Recently, some of the Heath organizing group drove an hour and a
half to Chillicothe to participate in a sign waving in front of a
city council member there who voted for red light cameras.
Several businesses in Heath are owned by council members.
Similar sign wavings are planned there.
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