Council approves amendment to traffic law

WELLSVILLE – Two days after Village Council approved an ordinance regarding how fast residents can go before being ticketed, it approved an amendment of that amended legislation during a special meeting Thursday.

With a 5-0 vote – Karen Dash was absent – council approved an ordinance which serves as an amendment to an ordinance passed during Tuesday’s regular session, which itself had been amended prior to receiving that unanimous vote.

The ordinance passed Tuesday was in regard to the village’s traffic law photo-monitoring program and establishing civil penalties for automated speed violations, per its agreement with Blue Line Solutions for village police officers to utilize the handheld cameras.

The portion council changed was that if the cameras are used in school zones, state/local parks and recreation areas, speeders cannot be cited unless they are six or more miles per hour over the speed limit.

That limit was lowered by council so that speeders were fined for going one or more miles per hour over the limit following discussion led by councilman Tony Cataldo, who cited safety of the children on Tuesday for the change to the ordinance.

However, after council realized the amended article Tuesday did not come into compliance with Ohio Revised Code, another ordinance was presented, which reverted back to issuing violations for those who travel six miles per hour or more and brought it back into compliance.

Although he voted in favor of Thursday’s ordinance, Cataldo still felt that the safety of the children should come in mind first and believed lawmakers should reconsider violations for speeders at school zones.

“I know the law is the law, but when you got a speed limit in the kids zone at Garfield (Elementary) School at 20 miles per hour, it’s not ‘everyone’s supposed to obey that’,” Cataldo said. “Well, you better start putting the signs, ‘You’re allowed to go 25, we’ll give you five more miles to hit the kids’. That’s what it’s telling you, and I don’t agree with it. I think state legislators need to look at this, especially in front of school zones, but we’ve got to pass what the law says.”

With the revised ordinance back up to code, Mayor Nancy Murray will look to present the contract to Blue Line, to which Wellsville police will go through a 30-day training period on use of the cameras before utilizing them. Participation in the program will be of no cost to the village.