The new village traffic cameras are taking a beating, both physically and through complaints from the 400 people who have so far received citations for zipping through town over the speed limit.
The village adopted an ordinance in April to use automated traffic cameras to put a dent in "the ongoing problem of motorists disobeying the speed limit," according to the ordinance.
The cameras are located in U.S. 224, the main road through town.
"The safety and well being of Greenwich residents is the village's first priority. It is for this reason that the mayor and city council have decided to use automated enforcement to improve the safety on village streets," Police Chief Steve Dorsey said in an official statement at the time.
The village chose a cameras called Optotraffic and the cameras were installed along the roadway shortly after May following a public meeting informing the public of the devices and the penalties for being caught disobeying the speed limit.
"We, at the village, want to ensure that all citizens are informed and will strive to answer any questions that citizens may have," stated a post on the police department's Facebook page announcing the meeting.
Meanwhile, since that time, as of July 15, 400 citations had been filed as a result of the usage of the cameras and three complaints had been lodged with the police department, Dorsey said.
Using an example, Dorsey said the camera caught a motorcyclist traveling at 41 mph at 3 p.m. through the village the same day he gave his report to city council regarding the update on the traffic-cams.
The fine for being caught on camera speeding is $100 and that cost can be increased if not paid within 30 days, according to the ordinance.
With the new cameras also brought a new problem. Vandals had their way with the cameras when one of the devices were "intentionally moved so it could not detect speed violations," according to a police report.
The camera was later readjusted to continue picking up speeders after a police officer was notified that it had been disabled, the police report stated.
The automated traffic cameras are a controversial issue in the higher courts, according to an Associated Press story published last month.
"Toledo's traffic enforcement cameras may survive, but a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court striking down the program's administrative hearing process would have 'untold consequences' across the state," the AP story stated
A lawyer for a Kentucky man "challenging the process countered that the city has unconstitutionally carved out an exception for itself to sidestep the jurisdiction of Toledo Municipal Court in deciding guilt or innocence when it comes to these civil violations," the story stated.
"This marks the second time that the highest court has considered the constitutionality of such cameras. It previously upheld such programs generally as an extension of cities' home rule authority and found they do not conflict with state law," the story also stated.
Regardless, the new program seems to be working well for Greenwich and officials don't appear at all deterred about the complaints.