CLEVELAND -- One of Cleveland's red-light cameras went on the blink at one of the city's busiest intersections, adding fuel to the fire for drivers who already don't like the cameras. The camera that malfunctioned was located at East 30th Street and Carnegie Avenue, and drivers wondered if they'd get a $100 ticket for doing nothing wrong.
Thousands of motorists pass through the intersection every day, and most, if not all of them, were obeying the law when the camera took their picture, something the cameras are supposed to do when a motorist runs a red light. But when it malfunctioned, even when the traffic light was green or at a complete standstill, the cameras still flashed. It got to the point where you could time the flash every 15 seconds, then every 10 seconds.
Fifteen minutes after NewsChannel5 contacted City Hall to alert them about the issue, a worker arrived and apparently reset or shut the camera down. But now, some drivers are wondering if the camera malfunctioned that day, how often do red-light cameras malfunction? A City Hall representative said that no tickets would be issued for the malfunctioning camera... but drivers who traveled East 30th and Carnegie around that time kept an eye on their mailboxes even so.