You open your mail and there it is – a picture of your car allegedly speeding through town or sailing through the red light at an intersection. Ready to proclaim your innocence, you wait for your day in court. But, if you reside in any of the 15 Ohio communities that use traffic enforcement cameras, that’s not what you get. In most cases, you’ll get an administrative hearing.
That's the reason traffic cameras are being challenged in courts around Ohio. One case has reached the Ohio Supreme Court and could have an impact on local communities that use traffic cameras.
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about traffic cameras. The case in Toledo is one of a slew of legal challenges to cities using cameras to catch and ticket drivers for running red lights or speeding.
Motorists also filed lawsuits last week against the Dayton suburbs of Trotwood and West Carollton. That brings the number of legal cases against cameras around the state to at least eight.
The city of Dayton has become the latest front in the legal assault on traffic cameras in Ohio.
Attorneys representing drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery County. Dayton attorney Tom Manning was joined by the Cincinnati-based firm of Michael K. Allen & Associates, which has won court rulings against camera use in the southwest Ohio villages of New Miami and Elmwood Place.
Lawmakers took the first steps to outlaw the cameras that several Ohio cities have set up to catch drivers who speed and run red lights. The bill goes to the House floor without the support of a key Republican.