Ohio lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to put up more hurdles for cities that want to use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws
House Bill 410 is the latest effort by state Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, to staunch use of the cameras that supporters say help make roads safer and opponents call modern-day speed traps designed to rake in revenue.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in July that a previous restriction on red light cameras conflicted with cities’ home-rule authority. The bill would require cities to file traffic cases in municipal court, instead of using an administrative process.
Seitz said the bill will bring due process back to those who receive citations and test the cities’ claim that the cameras are in use for safety, not revenue. The bill calls for reducing state funding to cities by the amount they earn from camera citations.
The issue appears to have bi-partisan support, it passed the House 65-19 and now heads to the Senate.
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