Ohio cities back Toledo

Cleveland, Columbus others support use of traffic cameras
Associated Press
Jan 29, 2014

 

After a string of rulings against traffic cameras, cities that use them are urging the Ohio Supreme Court to uphold the automated speeding and red-light enforcement.

Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and East Cleveland all are part of legal briefs filed in recent days supporting Toledo’s cameras. An appeals court ruled last year for a motorist ticketed in that northwest Ohio city. His lawsuit contends Toledo’s system usurps municipal court jurisdiction and violates motorists’ rights by giving them limited ability to contest camera citations.

A brief filed jointly by the Ohio Municipal League, Columbus and Dayton warns that the Sixth District Court of Appeals ruling “has set a dangerous precedent that could lead to immense disruptions in city administrations throughout Ohio.” It says the case could potentially affect “every Ohioan who drives or owns a vehicle”

The Ohio Supreme Court upheld speeding cameras in a 2008 Akron case, and traffic cameras have withstood other court challenges in the state.

But last year, a Hamilton County judge ordered a stop to speeding cameras in a Cincinnati-area village, Elmwood Place, calling them “a scam” against motorists. Last week, another state appeals court ruled against Cleveland’s traffic camera system on grounds similar to the Toledo ruling, while Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman said Elmwood Place should pay some $1.8 million to ticketed motorists if an appeals court upholds class action status.

In the Toledo case, driver Bradley Walker didn’t argue directly against camera use, but said the system lacks the required due process to allow motorists their day in court.

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Peninsula Pundit

WKYC Channel 3 had a segment about the traffic cameras in Cleveland last night.
It shows a picture of a minivan sitting at a stoplight, brake lights clearly visible and a line of cars in front of it in crossing traffic.
The bottom window of the picture shows '38 mph' and she got a ticket.
It went on to say most traffic cameras are off by 10% one way or another and some off by as much as 50%.
Another camera in a school zone ticketed a teacher 5 times in succession at 30mph in a school zone while she was sitting at the stop sign in the school parking lot waiting to pull onto the road.

Darwin's choice

A simple hand held laser will negate these government owned ATM's....