Driver gets 2 speeding tickets in less than a minute in Village of Brice
BRICE, Ohio —
Back in June, Ted - who didn't want to give his last name - took a wrong turn that took him through the village of Brice. Weeks later he received two speeding tickets from the Brice Photo Speed Division.
Ted said he never knew he was speeding.
"I went to that post office and turned around and came back out," he said. "It was 52 seconds between my first ticket and my second ticket."
Ted said if a Brice Police officer had stopped him for speeding, he would've slowed down and not gotten a second ticket. During an interview with Ted, Brice Police Chief Bud Bauchmoyer stopped by and answered Ted's question about why he hadn't been pulled over by an officer.
"Our mayor has raised concerns," said Bauchmoyer. "You see how narrow the road is. There's not a whole lot of places to get off the road to do a traffic stop. The mayor has decided at the lower speeds to let the camera take care of it."
The speeding tickets are actually civil violations set up by the vilage of Brice, with fines paid directly to the village. The violations are sent through the mail from the Brice Photo Speed Division, whose address comes back to a mailbox inside a UPS store near Cincinnati.
"To me as a citizen, you look at this and it seems more of a way to make money versus providing safety to the community," said Ted. "That's wrong in my book, and that's why I called 6 On Your Side."
State representatives Bill Seitz and Hearcel Craig sponsored House Bill 125, which would cap civil traffic fines in tiny towns.
"We all know what the village of Brice is up to," said Seitz. "It is called policing for profit."
After months of hearings, the bill passed overwhelmingly.
"We are sending a clear message to the village of Brice," said Seitz. "We do not appreciate policing for profit in local little speed traps. Of course the ultimate penalty that one day we may see fit to administer is what i call 'New Rome-inum'".
New Rome, in Franklin County, was a tiny village and a notorious speed trap. Back in 2004, the courts sided with the State, saying the village and police departments had been operating illegally. New Rome was eventually dissolved by the state legislature.
"They were so abusive out there we said 'you're outta here- we're dissolving you'", said Seitz. "And if these little places don't get right with God, that could be their fate one day."
HB125 moves on to the Ohio Senate in the fall.