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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Law - "Speed-camera ruling likely to reverberate across Ohio"

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Sunday, Jan. 19 published an interesting AP story by Dan Sewell that began:

CINCINNATI – A judge’s upcoming ruling in a lawsuit against a Cincinnati-area village’s speed cameras will lead off a pivotal year in the accelerating debate over traffic cameras in Ohio.

Ticketed motorists want Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman to order the village of Elmwood Place to refund speeding fines and fees totaling $1.8 million.

The village says there shouldn’t be refunds for speeding violations and has appealed the judge’s earlier rulings against cameras.

Ruehlman last year ordered the village to halt its camera use, comparing the automated system to a rigged card game. He also has approved class-action status for ticketed Elmwood Place drivers.

The judge said he’ll rule Thursday. Whatever his decision, the case will likely be appealed by the losing side.

Several other lawsuits are pending, including one before the Ohio Supreme Court challenging traffic cameras in Toledo.

Meanwhile, state legislators are pushing ahead on measures to ban or restrict camera enforcement statewide.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 21, 2014 10:30 AM
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