HAMILTON, Ohio - Attorney Mike Allen is back on the attack against speed cameras in Greater Cincinnati.
Allen, who won a lawsuit that forced Elmwood Place to remove its cameras, has sued the Village of New Miami and police chief Kenneth Cheeks on behalf of four drivers.
The New Miami cameras have generated more than $400,000 since they went into operation last October. Tickets are $95.
New Miami officials have defended the cameras on U.S. 127 by saying they weren't installed to be moneymakers for the village. They argued the cameras curb speeding in dangerous areas.
Nevertheless, officials said in February that the cameras were bringing in so much money they didn't know to spend it all.
Cheeks said he used some of the ticket proceeds on basic safety items the village police never had, such as police radios, shotguns and Tasers.
Mayor Patti Haines said they paved the village hall parking lot and purchased a used dump truck for spreading salt.
The Elmwood Place cameras raked in nearly $1.8 million for the village and the camera company in just seven months before Judge Robert Ruehlman found them unconstitutional and shut them down. Tickets were $105.
Ruehlman said the cameras violated due process and accused Elmwood Place of "engaging in nothing more than a high-tech game of three-card monte.
"It is a scam that the motorists can't win," the judge said.
Elmwood Place is appealing.
Allen is seeking refunds for all the drivers ticketed by the Elmwood Place cameras. That case will be heard in October.
The Ohio House has voted to ban speed cameras in the state. The Senate has yet to vote.
Read the lawsuit below or at https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/730039-speed-camera-lawsuit-against-new-miami.html
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