Mayfield Village I-271 speeding

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (WJW) – The dramatic increase in speeding drivers on Interstate 271 is causing Mayfield Village police recommend using a picture enforcement program.

Commuters using I-271 have noticed the dangerous high-speed trend.

“I travel 271 on my way to work from Painesville and the speed is ridiculous. People are blowing by at 90, 100 miles an hour, darting in and out of traffic,” Kerri Jones said.

Mayfield Village Police Chief Paul Matias said ODOT traffic monitors on I-271 revealed that the number of speeders going faster than 85 miles per hour doubled between pre-pandemic April 2019 and April 2021. In January of this year, village police stepped up conventional enforcement during peak hours but did not bring the desired effect.

“The average speeding ticket our officers are writing on 271 right now is 89 miles an hour, and that’s in a 60 mile an hour zone. The roadside policeman turning on the light is not a warning or a message to slow down. It’s basically interpreted as ‘OK, they’ve got someone out, so we can get back to our normal pace,’ Matias said.

To help curb the problem of speeding, the chief is asking Mayfield Village Council to approve the use of lasers and handheld cameras to enforce speed limits. The program will be administered by a private company that will suffer a revenue cut.

Violators will receive a ticket with a penalty notice in the mail, but it will be a civil offense and no points will be assessed.

The same company has a contract with the village of Newburgh Heights. Critics have called the enforcement program on Interstate 77 a “speed trap: and a “money game.”

However, Matias said the goal in Mayfield Village is to improve driver safety.

“Our hope is not to write any of these tickets. That will be the end goal here. Have people understand that when you come through Mayfield Village on 271, that if you’re driving, you know 80, 90, 100 miles an hour, there’s a very good likelihood that you’re going to receive a citation,” Matias said.

The program will certainly face resistance, but motorists who deal with aggressive speeders on the highway every day, support the effort.

“I’m fine with it and I hope they catch the people who are doing this. It’s really incredible, almost falling into the rubble every day on the way to work,” Jones said.

Matias said the details of the image execution program are still being worked on, but it could be released this fall. | Mayfield Village I-271 speeding

Huynh Nguyen

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