• 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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      kcampo6453
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate speed traps and the towns that support them, however this lady has to be pretty dumb to see the sign and continue to speed. If I was the smart ass type I'd say she's an Obama supporter.
      • 2 Years Ago
      she should of known better to begin with
      mehndif
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe, instead of trying to rack up on the problem, installing speed bumps on the road, blinking traffic lights or stop signs would have been a better solution. The city obviously wanted money, they didn't care to solve the problem or keep people safe. They could have even invested in some roundabouts, you have to slow down for those annoying things. She should still be able to afford christmas though, she saves tons of money not purchasing make-up, hair spray, a comb, or washclothes.
      Ross Pickreign
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have known better to start with. I don't know what the posted limit is in that school area, but if it is 25 MPH then you only go 25 MPH or less even if there isn't a policeman there watching you. You never know when a child or any one for that matter may be walking across the street .
      barryaclarke
      • 2 Years Ago
      If there are no children present, the speed limit doesn't apply. Read the sign, it clearly states ON SCHOOL DAYS "WHEN" CHILDREN ARE PRESENT. Retired DOT................
      randycoletx
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember when they started using camera's at red light's. They said they couldn't be used for speeding, low and behold there's big brother at there best in lying. The cops are lazy and don't want to lose time at the donut shop,vote these damn people out of office because once this money machine start's they get so big you can't stop them ( The Police Department )
      lesrob60
      • 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
      wehmhoner
      • 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
      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".
      Rod
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to wonder whose in charge, the people or the law?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see this one from both sides, first we are all creatures of habit, and if years go by and we go 5 miles over the speed limit on a regular basis, and the speed zone changed, (in this case enforcement changed), it might take a warning or the first ticket to alter the behavior. So I can see why she would be upset that her first notification was six tickets... However, we should all know the speed limits in our town especially in school zones, and speeding regularly through school zones is a recipe for disaster. The other aspect is that if $630 dollars is all that it takes for your Christmas to be ruined, then maybe you should plan a bit better, that is one bad dentist visit, or a small fender bender.....
      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      i bet 90% were women drivers
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