Friday, January 13, 2017

Red light camera case heads to Ohio Supreme Court

Red light camera case heads to Ohio Supreme Court |Dayton, OH new:
Columbus-Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops.
Dayton is arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern. 
A ruling on the case will likely have statewide ramifications.
Image result for Red light camera caseDayton first installed red light cameras in June 2002 and then in February 2010 added cameras to catch speeders as well. 
Tickets were treated as civil infractions, rather than criminal, and resulted in fines but no points on a driver’s license. 
A police officer would review video and photos before a citation would be issued.
Other Ohio cities, large and small, made use of the cameras to enforce traffic laws and generate revenue.
In December 2014, lawmakers passed a bill that severely curtails use of the cameras by requiring that a full-time police officer be present when the cameras are on, mandating that a traffic study be conducted before a camera is installed, requiring a public awareness campaign before a camera is installed and limiting citations to speeders going 10 miles per hour over the limit in most areas and 6 mph in school zones..."

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