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The City of Cleveland is poised to more than double its total number of fixed and mobile traffic cameras just as Ohio lawmakers are considering banning them.

The city now has 28 fixed and 6 mobile cameras. It’s preparing to add 26 new fixed and 9 new mobile cameras.

It’s paying Xerox, the parent company of the firm that’s installed and run them since the camera program began, $1.8.million a year in the new deal that replaces existing cameras and adds new ones.

That’s half of what it’s now paying for half the number of cameras.

What happens if the state outlaws traffic cameras? Nine states already have. The city has an opt-out clause if the cameras are outlawed.

The vendor owns, installs and maintains them and operates the program for a flat fee. There is no investment by the city.

The vendor receives the same amount of money no matter how many citations are issued.

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