Toledo's red light cameras could face a new legal challenge

The legal fight over Toledo's red light cameras is far from over

West Toledo resident Bill Delaney was part of the unsuccessful petition drive to get rid of Toledo's red light cameras in 2009. He bristles when he hears government officials tout the cameras as a safety measure rather than a revenue generator.

"I think a lot of things are done here in Toledo for the revenue, I really do," Mr. Delaney said.

Delaney doubts there is sufficient outrage from citizens to eliminate the city's 44 red light/speeding cameras. "To get the citizens of this community or any community to do something is tough because there is a lot of apathy," Mr. Delaney said.

Toledo attorney Scott Ciolek says the legal fight over Toledo's red light cameras is far from over. "The best legal challenge would be to create a constitutional amendment banning the use of cameras and that would trump any statute the state or city would put on," Mr. Ciolek said.

In 2008 the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed Toledo's right to install and operate the red light cameras.