Ohio House committee to hear arguments about speed camera constitutionality
Sarah Beth Hensley, WCPO Digital
5:11 AM, Apr 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cameras for red light and speeding violations have been a point of contention in Ohio and on Tuesday, an Ohio House committee will hear the arguments around the law prohibiting the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices.
The House Committee of Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security will hear from those who want the cameras to stay put after the American Civil Liberties Union said last week that the cameras deny citizens' due process.
The cameras have been scrutinized after Elmwood Place's speed cameras were deemed unconstitutional. In March, Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman's ruling aligned with the idea after he said that the cameras are a "scam the motorists can't win."
"After hearing concerns from citizens all across Ohio and the ACLU, it is time we end this method of revenue streams which continue to claim law enforcement, public safety and due process for our citizens," said Rep. Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) in a news release. "Privatizing traffic enforcement through the use of red light and speed trap cameras should never be a means to balance a budget."
After the committee hears the arguments Tuesday, it will vote on whether to send the bill to the House.
In Ohio, there are at least 16 Ohio municipalities that use some kind of red light or speed camera.