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The City of Cleveland’s gathering information to decide whether or not to buy and install additional traffic speed and red light cameraswhen the current contract runs out next May.

Council members have been asked to list five locations in each of their wards where cameras might help.

That’s rekindled the old debate about whether cameras are “Big Brother” money machines or enforcement tools to create safer streets.

Many council members now support cameras in strategic locations, especially near schools.Councilman Zack Reed is upset that Cleveland is debating whether to pay to catch more speeders when neighborhood groups and residents must buy their own surveillance cameras

The declining cost of technology may mean the city can add cameras for the same price it’s paying now.

The ultimate call on what happens will be up to council.

In 2010, the last year figures were readily available, the city collected $6.7 million from camera traffic tickets.

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