Ohio lawmakers backing challenge to traffic cameras
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:17:23 GMT —
Nearly 30 Ohio legislators and two civil liberties groups are backing a motorist's challenge to traffic cameras that's going before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Among the lawmakers are state Reps. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, and Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, who are pushing legislation to ban or sharply restrict camera use in the state.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law are among groups that filed legal briefs this week urging the state's high court to uphold a lower-court ruling in favor of a motorist who said the city of Toledo usurped the judicial system and violated his constitutional rights to due process.
Last year, besides the appeals ruling against Toledo, a Hamilton County judge ordered a stop to speeding cameras in a Cincinnati area village.
Supporters say cameras stretch police resources and make communities safer. Opponents charge that they violate rights and are meant mainly to raise revenue.
Last March, WNWO asked Toledo Police where they've handed out the most tickets using data from traffic cameras. The highest ticket-issuing cameras were located at the intersections of Whitmer and Alexis, and Dorner and Collingwood. Police said
44 cameras throughout the Glass City
are all specifically placed to achieve the highest return.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)