Vinita Park mayor claims hidden speed camera there for safety not money

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 PM

 (KMOV) – The Vinita Park Mayor said a hidden speed camera is there for safety but its frustrating drivers when they receive unexpected tickets.

Driver Sam Shih got five speeding tickets in the mail from Vinita Park in one month, saying he owed $100 for each.  He admits he was driving too fast, but the tickets came as a shock to Shih who says he’s driven the 8400 block of Page ever day for the past 20 years, and has never been pulled over there for speeding.

“I was horrified,” said Shih.

The tickets were the result of pictures from an unmarked speed camera on Page Boulevard. The camera is hidden in a metal box, which the Vinita Park mayor said is on private property.

Shih said he tries looking for the camera every time he drives past, and hasn’t noticed it.

Mayor James McGee said the speed limit signs on Page should be enough to warn drivers to slow down.

“There’s a speed sign that says 35 mph. Do (drivers) obey that? No,” said Mayor McGee.

McGee said an officer used to watch for speeders at that same spot, but then put the camera there because they no longer have the manpower. 

The camera is needed, he said, to slow down drivers and address safety on a stretch of Page were pedestrians have been hit.

The city isn’t issuing tickets for the money, McGee said. 

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