By now, maybe even you, have received one in the mail.
A speeding citation, courtesy of the Franklin Township Police Department.
Last November, the department began using those controversial hand-held speed cameras to catch speeders, instead of an officer writing you the ticket in person.
The device clocks your speed, snaps a picture of your license plate, and a third-party vendor mails you the citation.
To date, the township has issued in the ballpark of 5,483 citations, according to Chief Byron Smith.
Each citation carries a $100 fine plus late fees.
Smith said less than half of the citations issued have been paid.
The company that provides the township with the two-speed cameras mails out the citations, handles the bills and gets 37 percent of the citation revenue, said Smith.
Even though less than half of the citations have been paid, Smith said the township has earned $130,537.26.
That money has been dispersed to police, roads, community projects, and a scholarship fund for Franklin Heights, Smith said.
Smith and Franklin Township Trustee John Fleshman recently sat down with NBC 4’s Tom Sussi to clear the air about the program. Here are some of the points:
The speeding citation does not go on your driving record.
However, if you don’t pay it, the matter is turned over to collections and your credit could get dinged.
As the law requires, Smith said an officer is always with the speed cameras. They are not hidden or left unmanned, he said.
You can appeal the citation.
Smith said to call the number on the citation, 855 370-4229, and schedule it.
Smith said they hold two appeal hearings monthly at the Franklin Township Police Department.
Smith said in most cases, you have to drive at least 12 miles over the speed limit to get a citation.
Fleshman said it’s not a “money grab.”
Fleshman said it’s about better utilizing police resources.
Smith said the two held-held speed cameras are mostly used to police school zones, during school hours.