• Oct 5th 2012 at 12:51PM
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The village of Elmwood Place caught 20,000 speeders in ... The village of Elmwood Place caught 20,000 speeders in two weeks. (Courtesy Fox-19)
The village of Elmwood Place, Ohio, had a hunch drivers were speeding through a school zone, so they set up a camera to try to track violators.

It's no surprise the village was right – but the sheer number of people in that town with a lead foot is surprising. In two weeks, the cameras caught 20,000 drivers speeding on one block.

The city has just 2,100 people living in its borders, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, which makes the traffic violations even more perplexing.

Local TV station Fox 19 interviewed Lisa Poe, a local resident who got six tickets for driving between 25 and 29 miles an hour in the school zone during school hours. She said she's facing $630 in fines, and might not be able to afford Christmas.

If she'd been pulled over by a police officer, rather than having her speed tracked by a camera, she said she would have learned to adjust her behavior during school hours.

"If it would have been a police officer, I would have only gotten one," she told Fox 19. "Cause I would have known better."

Read more at Fox 19's web site.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      What, do we have to READ the School zone sign to her, SLOW DOWN LADY. I guess the people there now know those cameras really do work. LOL
      Charles Prince
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had gotten a ticket from a police officer I would have learned better??? LMAO! This dim wit admits she routinely speeds through school zones. Pathetic! Maybe now she will learn to "adjust her behavior".
      • 2 Years Ago
      "It is not about the safety or the speeding it is only about the money." This post is from someone who obviously doesn't have kids. This chronic school zone speeder's problem is not automation, but simply lack of intelligence, common sense, and concern for the safety of kids
      • 2 Years Ago
      this has been overturned in the courts many times
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another excuse for the government entities to fill their coffers. Instead of watching what and how they spend, they slide around taxes by using these types of techniques. Crooks to the bone. Our local city counsel installed a $150 tax for our fire dept. per business. I have a 150 sq. ft office for which the $150 charge is made to have the department come in once or twice a year to confirm that I have a power bar and 3 wall inlets. Two minutes of time by 4 (count them -4) firemen. This is the same charge levied on the largest business in town as well. Good by small businesses, hello politics!
      Michael D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      how about all 20,000 people stop speeding in the first place? You're going to blame the city for this??? idiots.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I left my Car in a shop while I went to Thailand, I live in Florida, and while I was in Thailand I was sent a ticket, from a red lite camera, in Washington DC. I sent it back with a copy of my passport stamps. I have not heard back from them, I talked to the shop when I returned and picked up my VW Transporter, and was told no one had used the car when I was gone. Guess the found another VW, and borrowed the Tag. I say Just be careful, and the court must give You the opertunity to meet Your acuser, so fight these cameras, and see what they say in court.
      • 2 Years Ago
      No sympathy for you Lisa Poe. You look like you've been driving for decades. You should know better speed limits during school hours is lower. Its posted all over the place, don't you read? Now, pay your fines and be quiet.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow do you people really want to have your life monitored by cameras. What's next . All you ******** that think this is good need to loose your freedom.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How stupid can you be sign says 20 !!! She is on crack
      • 2 Years Ago
      DEMAND A JURY TRIAL....CROSS EXAMINE THE STUPID CAMERA.......OBJECT TO EVERY POSSIBLE EVIDENCE....AND APPEAL - you can only win these autocop tickets by making it expensive for the jurisdiction to do this......... subpoena every person and item used in this "enforcement"......
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take a look at Estelline Texas where motorists are being scammed daily by one cop.
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