The remote that alerts the speed camera (Photo: screenshot, Twitter screenshot)
Lindell, Ohio is not known for its spectacular landscapes, nightlife, unusual architecture, or any other notable element. In fact, if you read about it on Wikipedia, the first sentence that opens the article about it is that it is the smallest village in Cuyahoga County. Just like that, it's his highlight how small? As of its last census in 2020, it had a population of 108 people. Where is it and where is its heyday in 1910 when it prospered with 512 people.
But Lindell is known for something else, notorious for it. On the 386-metre stretch of road from the road, the village conducts an open and institutionalized sting operation by limiting the speed limit from 35 miles (56 km/h) per hour to 25 (40 km/h), only in this section and photographing anyone who deviates from it.
How successful is this sting? In 2022, it recorded 17,300 reports from the speed camera, that's an average of 47 reports a day. Proceeds from this camera make up 80% of the village's million-dollar annual budget.
The Sting and the Warning Sign
Linndale has surprised thousands of drivers with its famed speed trap. In 2022, it had 17,300 speeding camera tickets — all in a town that's less than one square mile.
Now, that speed trap isn't so hidden, thanks to a new Planet of the Vapes billboard.https://t.co/yaSwPfdBEn pic.twitter.com/YNc3HFkUMn
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But now that camera will have a little less work, thanks to an initiative by a smoke-related store called Planet of the Vapes, which placed a huge warning on its advertising sign for drivers that they are entering an area where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. In this way, says its regional sales and marketing manager, they earn both advertising and public service "Customers thanked the store on the sign, it saved them from getting a ticket," he says.
The response from the people of the small village was not long in coming, there were calls to the store demanding that the sign be removed and also threatening legal action against it. But that's not going to happen anytime soon.
"We don't know if Lindell's authorities are behind these appeals, but we'll let anyone put bullying pressure on us to take him down, probably just because the authorities no longer profit from the camera," the store said.
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