Garfield Heights intends to refund nearly $100,000 to motorists ticketed by traffic cameras while driving 10 mph over the speed limit. When the cameras debuted in June, city officials repeatedly said fines wouldn’t click in until violators went at least 11 mph over the posted limit. All of the nixed tickets — there are at least 984 — involve drivers nabbed going exactly 10 mph over the limit.
ayor Vic Collova proposed the refunds after fielding what he called legitimate gripes over the 1 mph discrepancy. City Council approved the payback plan Monday. Affected motorists should expect $100 reimbursement checks within the next six to eight weeks. It’s costing the city $2,000 to send back the money.
“We told people that ticketing would begin at 11 [mph] over,” Collova said. “It’s only fair we honor what we told them.”
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