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      Toledo, other Ohio cities fight proposed red-light camera ban

      The use of traffic cameras is being debated in Ohio.

      Toledo is among other Ohio cities urging lawmakers to pass statewide standards on their use instead of banning them altogether.

      Sen. Kevin Bacon, a Columbus Republican, proposed legislation Wednesday that would require police officers to approve each civil citation, require safety studies of intersections before cameras are installed, and assure that drivers have a way to challenge a citation.

      The Blade reports that the bill could serve as a pre-emptive strike against a House bill that would ban red-light cameras and limit the use of speed cameras to 20 mph school zones. The bill was passed the House last spring, but the Senate has not acted on it.

      Supporters of a ban contend the cameras are more about generating revenue than safety.

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      In 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.

      Secor and Central, and numerous locations on Alexis Road in west Toledo area also said to be heavily-ticketed.

      Northwood City Counvil voted in July not to renew its contract with the company that operates the city's red light cameras. No traffic tickets have been issued since the contract expiration.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)