Butler County judge orders New Miami to shut down speed cameras

NEW MIAMI, Ohio – Last year’s court decision ordering the community of Elmwood Place to stop using speed cameras is having a ripple effect.

A Butler County judge ruled Tuesday New Miami must now stop its speeding camera operation as well.

Judge Michael Sage issued a permanent injunction prohibiting New Miami from running the cameras that were in operation for 15 months. In that time the cameras issued "notices of liability" to as many as 10,000 people and the village collected roughly $1 million.

The lawsuit was prompted by some drivers filing suit after receiving notices of liability from the village saying they owed fines based on those cameras.

"I couldn't talk to a magistrate," Michelle Johnson said. "I couldn't explain the situation. It didn't have an accurate time or location of when I receive the ticket and that was the most frustrating thing when I receive that in the mail."

The judge in his decision said the process of an administrative hearing versus a day in court violated a citizen’s due process rights.

He also said those who paid fines may join a class action lawsuit.

New Miami plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.

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