|The City of Parma School Zone Photo Enforcement Program began in May 2009. The program operated for a month prior to the end of the 2008-2009 school year, issuing warning notices to individuals caught speeding in school zones. Beginning in the fall of the 2009-2010 school year, speeders began receiving notices in the mail.
During the 2009-2010 school year, almost 6,000 notices were generated and mailed. The photo enforcement cameras took a break over the summer along with the school children. August 24, 2010 the camera's recommenced deployment with the start of the 2010-2011 school year.
These are civil citations, and do not put points on the license of the violator. If a person wishes to contest the notice, a hearing process is outlined in the information provided with the citation.
The fee structure for speeders is as follows:
- Up to nine (9) miles per hour over the speed limit - $100.00
- Ten miles per hour or more over the speed limit - $200.00
Individuals who receive a notice may review the violation video at www.photonotice.com. Enter code PARMOH.
Questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 440-885-8005.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am generally a safe driver. This is the first ticket I have ever received, can I get a break?
In order to contest the ticket or request leniency the notice recipient must post bond and request a hearing. Hearing Officers will review on a case-by-case basis the requests for leniency.
- Is there additional costs associated with scheduling a hearing?
There are no court fees or additional costs associated with requesting a hearing.
- If the Hearing Officer decides in my favor and throws out my ticket will I get my money back?
If the Hearing Officer decides in favor of the notice recipient and throws out a ticket, the notice recipient will be mailed a check for a full refund.
- When do the hearings take place?
After bond is posted and a hearing is requested, the Parma Photo Enforcement Administrator will issue a letter with a hearing date advising the notice recipient when they should appear.
- Why is the bond the same amount as the ticket?
If the Hearing Officer upholds the ticket, the bond is applied as payment and no additional payments are required from the violator.
- Can I send in my payment and hearing request together?
No. The payment must be mailed to:
Parma Photo Enforcement Program Payment Center
P.O. Box 76974
Cleveland, Ohio 44101
Hearing requests must be mailed to:
Parma Photo Enforcement Program
6611 Ridge Road
Parma, Ohio 44129
- My ticket is for midday, why did I receive this citation?
According to the Ohio Revised Code a school zone is considered active when children are going to school, coming from school, as well during lunch and recess hours.
- I didn't see the flashing lights. Shouldn't drivers be warned they are approaching a school zone?
The Ohio Revised Code specifically states that school zones are not required to be marked by flashing lights. The City of Parma, however, only operates the mobile speed camera when the flashing lights are engaged.
- I wasn't aware this program existed. When I received the violation in the mail I was shocked. What kind of warning was given to residents?
As stated above, the Photo Enforcement Program began during the 2008-2009 school year. At that time warnings were mailed to violators. There was also extensive coverage of the program on local TV and in print media. In addition, many streets that extend across Parma have a sign erected warning incoming drivers that the City of Parma utilizes speed cameras. As a courtesy the Parma Police Department also mounts a large traffic sign warning drivers they are entering an area that is currently being monitored by a speed camera.
General Information Sheet
Statement of Technology - The City of Parma utilizes the SmartCam Mobile Speed Van System
Parma City Hall
6611 Ridge Road
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission Report